Goodness Tchibueze

Rookie (21/03/1992 / Imo State, Nigeria)

On Our 'Stars'

What needs can a million stars satisfy
In the sight of a gay noonday?
Stars are not just specks of light in the sky
As they may seem to night-time's passers-by.
Stars give eyes to the blind day:
They illumine the obscure way
Of night-beleaguered wayfarers,
Lending them their light in that lightless hour.
Stars are the brave-eyed devil-darers,
They balk the feet of the Tar-sower
Who commands but in the shadow.
Stars grace the night with their halo,
Not flaunting their diamond pomp
In a very unruly romp,
Though they gain it from the Sun,
The unsparingly light-giving One.
Knowing how magnificent they are at the milkyway
Yet they appear little to the needy eyes.
Thus let men who oft as stars themselves portray
Twinkle up to such as Time flies,
Unveiling the sun and veiling the star;
And a star at noonday shall at-all be no star!

Submitted: Thursday, July 04, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

In this poem, NIGHT and 'BLIND DAY' symbolize hard/difficult times (i.e, adversities) which men often face.STARS symbolize Hope.Hence, '...Wayfarers...', i.e people, often face so many adversities or get unfortunate at some point in their lifetime (at this point they have become the 'night-time passers-by or the 'night-beleaguered wayfarerers) and they need hope, even a tiny spark of it, to keep them going till their day breaks forth.The Stars are there to lend them that hope which they direly need '...Lending them their light in that lightless hour'.
Likewise, our celebrities who often parade themselves as 'Stars' or even 'Super-stars', as some so claim to be, should see people's hard/difficult times as their opportunity to shine ('Thus let men who oft as stars themselves portray/Twinkle up to such...') .
You may wonder who these 'night-time's passers-by' or 'night-beleaguered wayfarers' are.They are the victims of violence, wars, natural disasters, and racism.They are the handicapped, the less-privileged, the poor, the bankrupt, and even the orphans, widows or widowers e.t.c...
Our 'Stars' or 'Superstars' should let their light shine before such people as those afore mentioned by performing acts of charity or philanthropy.That way, they do the fundamental work of Stars...
Again, they should be humble and gentle while doing so (see lines 13 and 14...17 and 18) ...

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