When You Wish Upon a Star

Thou that illuminates the Eastern sky;

celestial gas, queen of the deep night,

thou that shines off lampposts and candlelights

and cigarettes, twinkle, trinkle, tinkle star:

thou that the astronomers fantasize;

that the poets idolize, the lovers romanticize,

the astrologists foretell, the metereologists predict,

when thy rays expand across the galaxy,

and we glimpse into the wonders of Creation,

clothed in dark robes and shining crowns,

we for one moment reflect Thy beauty,

our future clay-shaped etches on pot,

made ever-luminous by the benevolence

of belief in the abyss


This is the 100 Songs Project, a 100-day writing challenge based on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs. Every day, I write a short poem, prose piece, or play based on, reacting to, rejecting, accepting, or doing something related to one of the songs in the top 100 list.

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