This week the full harvest moon lit up the sky! Also visible were Jupiter and Saturn, and in my area, a plethora of stars – more stars than I had seen in a while. I don’t use the word “plethora” much either in spoken or written form, but it’s what came to me when I looked at that sky. In addition to the stars, there was a plethora of beauty, wonder, and awe. So I decided to use “plethora” for my poem.
I used Wordmaker to find 282 words from “plethora.” From there, I chose thirty that I liked, then narrowed that list to fifteen, and ended up using ten of those. Since this was my first time trying out the form, I decided to keep the words at the end of the line as in the original rules, although April suggests acceptable variations. I did make one variation, adding an “s” to “pearl.”
High above the earth
the harvest moon is an opal—
glistening on a dewy late summer rose petal,
lighting the path of a scurrying animal hero.
Jupiter and Saturn, those planet pearls,
play their part
in the cosmic opera,
inspiring this poet
to find words of hope
in her heart.
Laura has the Poetry Friday round up today, so I hope you head on over for more poetry inspiration and fun.