nightsky

“SPIRITS ARE USING ME…”

REPOST UPON SEEING THE SOUTHERN CROSS AT MIDNIGHT 3-15-17


(scroll down for YouTube video)

 

Ancient museum piece

Finding its way

From saline, sunken galleon

To pristine, icy backdrop

Of the sky’s exhibit

Southern Cross

Crux!

Visible in the Northern Hemisphere

And all I can hear

Is Stephen Stills’ voice

Hitting those high notes

Thinking about how many times

I, too, have fallen

No thought of crucifixion

Redemption

Religion

Although a brief vision

Of the tarot’s Hanged Man

Sacrifice

Flashes through my exploding mind

Crux!

On April 8 at one in the morning

Florida, Hawaii and Texas

Are given the gift

From the Southern Hemisphere

Of their circumpolar Crux

Always above the horizon

The Earth poised just right

Stars gracing my life in the night

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja) Miniature Worlds Sublime

 YouTube video Southern Cross, Crosby, Stills & Nash https://youtu.be/iuLBhxZUkmU

IMAGE: Crux, Pinterest (not one internet image is as majestic as the real thing)

Advertisements

CANIS MAJOR & MINOR (THE NIGHT OF THE DOGS)

Tonight

Appearing in the

Northern Hemisphere

Canis Major

Greater Dog

Known as Sirius

The brightest star

Named for the Egyptian god Osiris

Ruler of life, death, fertility and plant rebirth

Also visible is

Canis Minor

Lesser Dog

Known as Procyon

Both stars

Halfway between Orion

And Earth

So wanting to be with

Us aching humans

Helplessly watching our dogs

Over the years

Trek to the skies

As we bid goodbye

It is not such a huge leap of imagination

To think that our best friends

Have come to reassure us

Sniffing, smiling

As only their species can do

A joyously unique

Modus vivendi

Telling us yes,

We are happy in a new life

As we light the way

For those who are

Lost

Lonely

Herding them back

Before they go astray

So let us remember our dogs

Today…

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

Image: Earth Sky

FIVE PLANETS AND A FULL HUNGER MOON

 

Took an old poem and wrote a song for my new (yeah, tacky) concert ukulele. Chord feedback/suggestions definitely welcome!

 

(Am)Five planets and a full Hunger (C)Moon

(C)Merely a meaningless magical (Am)rune

 

(G)Dangling above my sorrowful (C)head

(C)Making me wish I was (G)dead

 

(G)Dawn breaks in a Bluesy (C)sky

(C)Here I am, trying not to (G)cry

 

(F)Same as a Weeping Willow, rooted (C)below

(C)Heart cold and lost like an icy (F)floe

 

(G)Unlike the Moon, I do not hunger for (C)food

(C)Need a way out of my (G)solitude

 

(G)How might I cope with your (C)desertion?

(C)Why would I want to continue your (G)coercion?

 

(Am)Five planets and a full Hunger (C)Moon

(C)Merely a meaningless magical (Am)rune

 

(G)Retrograde planets add to your harsh (C)words

(C)Mercury and Jupiter whirling (G)backwards

 

(G)Venus, Saturn and also (C)Mars

(C)Add strife to the male-female (G)spars

 

(F)Love has become something (C)ephemeral

(C)Creating an atmosphere stifling and (F)sterile

 

(G)Like a nocturnal mammal I scurry (C)around

(C)Shivering on the muddy (G)ground

 

(G)Not sure what to do (C)anymore

(C)Bright Antares and Spica I (G)ignore

 

(Am)Five planets and a Full Hunger (C)Moon

(C)Merely a meaningless magical (Am)rune

(Am)Merely a meaningless magical (C) rune

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja) both lyrics and chords

IMAGE:  My new concert ukulele

 

 

“SPIRITS ARE USING ME…”

 

(scroll down for YouTube video)

 

Ancient museum piece

Finding its way

From saline, sunken galleon

To pristine, icy backdrop

Of the sky’s exhibit

Southern Cross

Crux!

Visible in the Northern Hemisphere

And all I can hear

Is Stephen Stills’ voice

Hitting those high notes

Thinking about how many times

I, too, have fallen

No thought of crucifixion

Redemption

Religion

Although a brief vision

Of the tarot’s Hanged Man

Sacrifice

Flashes through my exploding mind

Crux!

On April 8 at one in the morning

Florida, Hawaii and Texas

Are given the gift

From the Southern Hemisphere

Of their circumpolar Crux

Always above the horizon

The Earth poised just right

Stars gracing my life in the night

 

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

 

YouTube video Southern Cross, Crosby, Stills & Nash

https://youtu.be/iuLBhxZUkmU

 

IMAGE: Crux, Pinterest (not one internet image is as beautiful as the real thing)

BLIND DATE

ultraVISTA_full1

One pink, lavender and turquoise evening

Thought I heard a voice calling my name

Stared through the setting sun, neck cricked

And suddenly the sky was indigo, red and purple

My name still floating through the colors

At full dark I shook my head, hard

As celestial shapes gravitated toward

A chain and dangled like the finest charm bracelet

Sun, Moon, Planets, Comets, Meteors, Constellations

Jingling as if wrapped around a slender wrist

Then flung through space, now a black velvet jewelry box

Classically soft and rich

Spreading across the sky

Watching the bracelet reform

Into a shape that could only be

(If I followed the dots with a sky pencil)

The man meant for me

And as if a gentle inhalation

Breathed me up, up, up

I felt my human form float

Touching the once upon a time bracelet form

Feeling him become more substantial

As the celestial charms solidified into

The man meant for me

Embracing, we floated down

Like the finest feathers

Woven together

And that is how we first met

© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)