Treasure Island

Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)

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Stars


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

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's 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.

Christ's Troop, Mary's Guard, God's own men,
Draw your swords and strike at Hell and strike again.
Every steel-born spark that flies where God's battles are,
Flashes past the face of God, and is a star.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • John S (10/20/2013 8:31:00 PM)

    I'm not religious, but this is not why I don't like this poem. It's just very childish. For children this would be a good poem but for adults serious about poetry this fails. The positives: I like how it tells a story (like an ancient mythology) about what the stars are: I guess they are lady Mary's hair, the eyes of baby angels, iron spikes, every steel-born spark that flies where God's battles are (what are they make up your mind) . But some of the rhymes seem a little forced, and some of it is just childish like earth- what a funny place I would expect a more poetic description of earth than a funny place thrown in just to rhyme with his merry face (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Dorn (10/20/2013 4:54:00 PM)

    Some of the images seem a little trite, like the winged child turns his merry face and the world being a funny place. The poem is also very inconsistent in tone, starting with a lighter one and then ending with a call to religious war. (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (10/20/2012 5:28:00 PM)

    This is great because it's pure poetry, and also because it's NOT politically correct. So stick that in your craws..and smoke it, heh heh! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (10/20/2012 1:14:00 PM)

    What a nonsense poem. This is someone who has never grown up in his religion. It is the kind of poem only the babes and sucklings appreciate. Apart from the nonsense theology, how can a star be like hair? And you do not slit clouds, you part them. And what has the last verse to do with gentle Jesus - it sounds like a call to a real crusade. (Report) Reply

  • Leeza Jackson (10/20/2010 4:43:00 PM)

    i love this poem i wish people can look at mine called problems and and joey valenzuela that what i feel no one understand me or my poems and i really understand this moral (Report) Reply

  • Gina Layog (10/20/2010 12:37:00 PM)

    A lovely jewel up in the sky...
    Stars sparkling, symbolizing the blood of the Christ...
    The heavens witness the pain he underwent...
    And place each star to shed light to this event.... (Report) Reply

  • Himanshi Yadav (10/21/2009 8:34:00 AM)

    its a lovely poem...............! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    u may not know me
    but i really liked it (Report) Reply

  • Guybrush Threepwood (10/20/2009 8:33:00 AM)

    That's fine, but you at least might appreciate the words as they are, no? It seems kind of silly to be completely distracted from the merit of the poem by it's dealings with God. What are you accomplishing saying what you did?

    Anyway, I think the poem's pretty but not much beyond that. The metaphors are cool, but not particularly effective, in my opinion. (Report) Reply

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