starry nights

photo credit: Stephen Bockhold,



Torches shine along forest trail that leads to clearing.  Youth campers in Rocky Mountains gather around bright bonfire; jostle each other to find seats on long pine logs. Click off flashlights with excited whispers. Flames lick upward as sparks rise higher.  Guitar music wafts through smoke and singing begins.  A chorus of “kum ba yah” fades as heads quietly tip up toward heaven.  Eyes blink in wonder, above and beyond, to where floating sparks extinguish and a million twinkling stars ignite!


clear night on mountain

milky way spills across sky

deep infinity


I’m joining dVerse Poets for haibun Monday’s theme: twinkle, twinkle

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. writerwannabe763
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 20:13:45

    Lovely description.. I almost feel like I’m there looking at the sparks of the fire going into the starry sky! Diane


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 07:14:00

    I am in love with campfires.. and that magic of having both earth sky and fire at the same time… infinity


  3. Anita Lubesh
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 06:41:32

    Beautiful capture of those first moments of awe.


  4. Brian
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 00:50:43

    The first time seeing the magnificent splendor of the night sky renders many speechless. I really like the way the prose trails away into reverence.


  5. Sumana Roy
    Sep 07, 2016 @ 22:00:40

    love the melting of the chorus into an infinite wonderment…a moment of revelation, awareness, so beautifully brought out…


  6. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 07, 2016 @ 18:16:06

    Transcendent beauty–I like that: reverence.


  7. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 07, 2016 @ 15:32:39

    I love the quietening that comes across in the prose, and the haiku is just glorious.


  8. kanzensakura
    Sep 07, 2016 @ 10:02:03

    Awesome…in the very reverent meaning of the word. I love your take on this prompt and the last line of your haiku says it all….deep infinity.


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