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Poem by Joyce Kilmer


Stars


(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.)

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Marys hair?
As she slits the cloudy veil and bends down through,
Do you fall across her cheeks and over heaven too?
Gay stars, little stars, you are little eyes,
Eyes of baby angels playing in the skies.
Now and then a winged child turns his merry face
Down toward the spinning world -- what a funny place!
Jesus Christ came from the Cross (Christ receive my soul!)
In each perfect hand and foot there was a bloody hole.
Four great iron spikes there were, red and never dry,
Michael plucked them from the Cross and set them in the sky.
Christs Troop, Marys Guard, Gods own men,
Draw your swords and strike at Hell and strike again.
Every steel-born spark that flies where Gods battles are,
Flashes past the face of God, and is a star.



Joyce Kilmer


Joyce Kilmer's other poems:
  1. The New School
  2. The Cathedral of Rheims
  3. Easter Week
  4. Martin
  5. Folly


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Emily Brontë Stars ("Ah! why, because the dazzling sun")
  • Menella Smedley Stars ("How pretty is each little star")
  • Katherine Mansfield Stars ("Most merciful God")
  • Robert Frost Stars ("How countlessly they congregate")

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