The Myriad Stars

The myriad stars – diamond points of night –
Make a great journey across the sky;
Day’s spoked and beautiful columns of light
Are majestic ladders descending from high;
Behind the gentle waft of zephyr breeze
Is the wind’s vast, relentless, shifting heft;
Within the shimmer of the glistening seas
Is the eternal crash on cliff and cleft.
In mystery and wonder we stop and stare,
Search for meaning, a firm rock of belief,
And seeing the shooting star’s final flare
Or the spiralling flutter of a falling leaf,
Meditate upon vast Time’s eternity
And fleeting life’s momentary brevity.

By Neil Creighton

starry sky over mountain river

Neil Creighton is an Australian poet whose work as a teacher of English and Drama brought him into close contact with thousands of young lives, most happy and triumphant but too many tragically filled with neglect. It also made him intensely aware of how opportunity is so unequally proportioned and his work reflects strong interest in social justice. Recent publications include Poetry Quarterly, Poeming Pigeon, Silver Birch Press, Rat’s Ass Review, Praxis Mag Online, Ekphrastic Review, Social Justice Poetry and Verse-Virtual. He blogs at

Photo of Milky Way and Mountains by Rast

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