I'm an independent poet--since the age of four--and a Romani drabarni (Gypsy herbalist/adviser). Recently taught myself to play ukulele and now a wannabe songwriter. Prefer writing poetry simply, striving to compose musically, including talking blues, folktales, and memoirs of life. All music genres inspire me, but I especially vibrate to Classic Rock, Folk, Romani (Gypsy), and Cajun with an emphasis on guitar, ukulele and violin music mainly in a Minor Key. I hope to heal souls and maybe poetry can accomplish that.
Living in Philly My night sky Was the ceiling of The Fels Planetarium In the Benjamin Franklin Institute Slouched in the gray theater seats Neck comfortably straight While head tipped upward I’d get chills when the room darkened And we school kids would stop talking And the stars would begin to greet us Like actors slowly wondering If the audience would adore them And when we’d applaud Because the show was FINALLY beginning The stars, planets, meteors, comets, moons And all those performers Playing their celestial roles Hidden to city children Living in cement jungles With streetlights every 500 feet All those performers Would put their hearts into Brightening the night sky (although still sunny outside) And my heart would race As I drifted in space Not listening to the lecturer Because no one could top the stories I told myself About the constellations Talking to me via vibrations For all those years I never saw the sky Time tempestuously passed And I found myself sitting With my very young sons Also stretched and bruised On the concrete of childhood Their excitement matched mine As the room darkened And then I knew There must be very few In this world Who didn’t long to stride across The canvas of our universe…
(c) 2018 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja) IMAGE: Fels Planetarium, Ben Franklin Institute (Rittenhouse Astronomical Society) and My Ukulele and Stars
REPOST OF MY FIRST LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE NIGHT SKY IN HONOR OF THE SOLSTICE (HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE TO THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE AND HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE TO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE)