Morning Star

On Morning Star, my eyes’ delight,

I make this wish with all my might;

That children everywhere were taught

That they were precious, loved and sought;

That ‘hungry’ was an unused word,

And voices of the weak were heard;

That war was just a distant dream,

And people were just what they seem;

That Truth was held in high regard,

And Justice served the poor and scarred;

That medicine could cure disease

And hurricanes were just a breeze;

That hearts would see their neighbour’s worth,

And Love would glow across this earth –

O Morning Star, as you shine bright,

I make this wish with all my might…

14 comments on “Morning Star

  1. Robert Rife says:


    So, Melody, I can’t help but notice that you spell stuff ‘correctly’ and, as an uprooted Canadian boy living in the US, was interested where exactly you call home (or harbo(u)r as it were)?

    • melodylowes says:

      I live in Saskatchewan, have lived here all my life. I just tend to spell in ‘Americanese’ since a good chunk of my readers are ‘southerners’. Where do you hail from?

      • Robert Rife says:

        Very good. I know Saskatchewan quite well having many friends there. I attended the Fort San Summer School of the Arts in the Fort Qu’Appelle Valley for 10 years. I was born and raised in Calgary and lived there until 11 years ago when my family and I moved to McMinnville, Oregon. From there we ended up in Yakima, Washington. I enjoy so much about where we live. I gotta say, however, I still yearn for Canadian cultural svelte, foreign policy, social justice milieu, and a more nuanced arts community.

        Totally love your blog by the way. Writing is prayer for me these days. It appears to be the same for you as well. Believe me, I get it.

      • melodylowes says:

        Cool – you’re a prairie boy in my books, so you must be okay! πŸ™‚ I am finding such freedom and such healing in writing – who knew? I never expected it when I started my gardening blog that I would write a book and begin experimenting with poetry. God is so good in giving us gifts for the journey! I am enjoying your poetry, as well. Whenever I write a shape poem (esp triangular!!) I think of you. So already you have had an influence… πŸ˜‰

      • melodylowes says:

        πŸ˜‰ That’s one Canadianism I haven’t allowed to creep in to my comments yet… but it is kinda nice to hear it (‘see’ it?) πŸ™‚

      • Robert Rife says:

        It’s really not an educated Canadian syntactical strategy generally speaking, not unlike ‘reckon’ or ‘crick’ down here.

      • melodylowes says:

        No. But it’s home. Something only missed when it’s gone. πŸ™‚

      • Robert Rife says:

        Amen, sistah. Keep draining the poetry from your soul to ours.

  2. This is by far our most favouratist poem that you have ever written. Whee all loved it! πŸ™‚

    Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo & Buddy

    • melodylowes says:

      Wow – high paws all around – I don’t think I’ve ever impressed all of you fellows at once. I will celebrate by cracking open some extra crisp lettuce! πŸ™‚

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