Starlight #haibun #poetry

Starlight sparkles brightest on the darkest of nights

For beauty is in all things, in the most unlikely of places

Within the epicenter of every soul lies an oasis awaiting its bloom

photo from pixabay

Quintessence of souls
Life’s scars shroud you in darkness
Shelter or prison

Trauma thickens foliage all round
enclosing the soul in shields of tangle and bramble,
protecting from a relentless past, painful and domineering

And still rays of light make their way through,
like the supple caress of sunlight at the end of a long winter,
Or the gentle ripple through water, delicate and loving
But some wounds run too deep and some scars heal too slow

And yet that soft light still reaches all

The dark light it is called
Its beams lace through obsidian shadows
weaving comfort into that abyss of hopelessness
blooming the forgotten beauty within

gentle stars of night
soft to all, good and bad alike
solace rests within
You seek that which is unsought
loving all, discarding none



Patience, understanding and belief. May we never turn our backs on those too scarred and wounded to be as stable or balanced as most.

A haibun poem for Colleen’s weekly challenge poet’s choice.

38 Comments Add yours

  1. michnavs says:

    Ahhhh its dreamy and beautiful Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle. I’ve not been online since Friday, have to catch up slowly with your blog as well

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      1. michnavs says:

        Thanks Jude..just take your time.

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  2. Sadje says:

    A beautiful poem Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje. I’m glad you like it

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  3. memadtwo says:

    This is full of gentle love. Beautiful Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K. I’m glad you like the gentle love 🌼🙏🏾

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  4. merrildsmith says:

    I like what Kerfe said about gentle love. Yes, there is a tenderness here.
    I also really like the analogy of trauma as vines and bramble that wrap around the soul.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Merrill. I’m glad you appreciate the analogy, it really made sense to me as I wrote. Yeah lots of love in this post

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    2. s.s. says:

      Beautiful to read as it must’ve been to write. Thank you Judeitakali

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      1. judeitakali says:

        Thank you so much too for reading and sharing your thoughts

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  5. This poem really is outstanding, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Roberta, I’m glad you like it🤗❤️

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  6. Jules says:

    I haven’t gotten to prompts yet today… might end up doing a mash-up.

    I enjoyed this piece because really no matter how whole one appears there are deep scars. And it is with gentle non-judgmental light (possibly) from “beams lace(d) through obsidian shadows”… that we can find our way back to hope’s bounty.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Jules, I’m glad you like this. Empathy, compassion and understanding are really things we should always practice. They start and ease the healing process

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  7. Jude, your words are like a caress to the soul! I love this part best: “Trauma thickens foliage all round
    enclosing the soul in shields of tangle and bramble,
    protecting from a relentless past, painful and domineering…”

    Excellent prose and poetry! I truly love this piece. ❤

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Colleen. I have someone who is struggling with scars that are too deep and people judge him too harshly

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      1. I know about those scars. Sometimes it takes years. ❤️

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Yap, and some carry them all their lives. Thank you Colleen for sharing thoughts with me. It means a lot

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      3. ❤️❤️❤️

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  8. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Jude, there is so much to this post, just wow! The depth and profoundness found here is incredible. Excellent write and boy did I enjoy this! Thank you! xo

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Amy, I’m so glad you enjoyed and got thinking while reading this. I hope you took a little comfort and positivity from it.

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  9. -Eugenia says:

    A beautiful and delicate poem, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugenia

      Like

  10. Silent Hour says:

    So soothing! You did a great job.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m happy you like it 💛🌼

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely! You are very talented!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Elizabeth. It means a lot

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  12. Vashti Q says:

    Jude, you have such a way with words! The entire post, everything your wrote is beautiful and meaningful. Loved it! ❤ xo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Vashti. It’s good to see you. Hope you are okay

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      1. Vashti Q says:

        Everything’s okay on this end. I’m busy editing, but that’s just fine. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Yeah it is well here, thank you Vashti🌼

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  13. PoojaG says:

    I love the message behind this!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Pooja, I’m glad you see and love the message within.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. PoojaG says:

        You’re welcome!

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