General Poetry posted July 9, 2020

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Oh Starry night


by Bobby Cunningham

Pleiades Poetry Contest Winner 
Skies ablaze in darkness
Serenading our hearts
Sentry of hopes and dreams
Surrendering beauty
Silencing troubled thoughts
Sparkling in God's glory
Serenity ensues

Writing Prompt
Write a Pleiades poem for this contest. This poetry type requires a title with a single word. The poem itself has seven lines. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. See an example of this type of poem here.

Pleiades Poetry
Contest Winner



This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine's Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700 B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters.

The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.

I decided to write about stars to honor the origin of Pleiades. I also used six syllables per line to honor the mythology of these stars.
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