Nov 10, 2012

On Seeing the Stars..... by Charles Rafferty



ON SEEING THE STARS REFLECTED IN THE POND BEHIND MY APARTMENT COMPLEX 

Even a pond replete with auto parts
repeats the evening better than my art. 




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I ran across this poem when I was working on my MFA @ Queens University. 

There are many aspects I like about it. In the collection titled, Where the glories of April Lead, this poem jumps out because the page is 80% blank, the poem being 2 lines. 

I like the subject matter: reflection, stars, juxtaposition, the act of recognizing beauty via an ordinary setting, the potential of moments, the consequence of  imagination, man's disregard for nature, using a pond as a dumping ground for auto parts, and the poet's recognition that nothing can compete with the poetry visible in the skies. 

Enjoy !