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Earthstars
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Julia Ebel


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                                                      stars.
  
                                                                            to become
               
                                                                     trees
                                                            the highest
                                                        beyond
                                               and rise
                                                   their lights
                                                                            blink
                                    blink
                                                        blink
                fireflies
                                              then there,
      First here,
 
            

This poem first appeared in Cricket (June 1999). Reprinted in Pockets (July 2002).
Used here with the author's permission.

 

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Julia Taylor Ebel lives in Jamestown, North Carolina, and finds inspiration for much of her writing in that state's Blue Ridge mountains. Author of eight books, including Mama's Wreaths and Dresses, Dreams and Beadwood Leaves, which unfold Appalachian stories through free verse poems. Julia enjoys using sound and rhythm to capture nature’s images in words. She frequently shares her love of poetry and stories in schools, and her poetry has appeared in several magazines for children, including Cricket and PocketsRead more about Julia at www.juliaebel.com.

 


Post New Comment:
juliatebel:
When I wrote "Earthstars," I was in a hollow in the North Carolina mountains. The lightning bugs on the hills that rose around me blended with the stars. Of course, I first wrote the poem top to bottom, but turning it upside down was much more fun! I have enjoyed sharing this one in schools as I talk about my writing or lead poetry workshops.
Posted 07/09/2014 09:52 PM
erinsnana:
very nice; very clever!
Posted 07/03/2014 11:08 AM
Cindy:
cute arrangement
Posted 07/03/2014 09:06 AM
Sherry:
Very cute and innovative! Good for you Julia for trying something different!
Posted 07/03/2014 08:28 AM
mimi:
nice little piece!
Posted 07/03/2014 08:09 AM
Wilda Morris:
Clever poem!
Posted 07/03/2014 08:02 AM
njc:
And reading it top to bottom is a little bit like looking at the world upside-down! Fun piece.
Posted 07/03/2014 07:56 AM
r1manchester:
nifty structure! nice thought.
Posted 07/03/2014 03:56 AM


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