Pleiades: Alight

Alight bright--the Pleiades
Amidst the calm cosmic pool
Aloft Himalaya's peaks
Adorning his crown of snow
Aqua-blue glittering gems
Alive since before the king
Always young; always shining

I’ve written this poem (after almost giving up) in the Pleiades form: Pick a ONE WORD TITLE  then write a SEVEN-LINE poem of SEVEN SYLLABLES whereby each line begins with the FIRST LETTER of your title. For me it wasn’t easy, it sounded easy enough but after I wrote the first three lines I was stuck. I hope I’ve done the form (some) justice.

The Pleiades (/ˈpliːədiːz/, /ˈplaɪədiːz/), also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, are an open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars in the north-west of the constellation Taurus.


M. Jay Dixit, 2020

Posted over at dverse: Poetics: Stars that count

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  1. Your piece is perfect. I agree it’s not easy to write surrounded by rules. But you managed and I really love how Pleiades were the crown for the majestic Himalayas. And the gender assignment was a nice touch too.

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  2. Forms are never easy especially when they look as though they should be! but you did so well with this prompt – thank you for joining in – I especially like the setting you have given these jewels
    “Alight bright–the Pleiades
    Amidst the calm cosmic pool”
    Magical setting over the Himalia’s and the subtle reference to the King!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! Btw since you mentioned the “King” here’s a fact you might be interested in–“Parvateshwara” in sanskrit is the personification of Himalayan Mountains. He was the ruler of the Himalaya Kingdom of Ancient India, which finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. Also, The Himalaya is known as the King of the Mountains 🙂


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