Harley White


From Dust To Dust - Poem by Harley White

From dust to dust our lives are thrust,
while flames the candle's brief combust.
We leave the shelter of the bay,
unmindful night will follow day,
to launch our voyage, earn a crust.

All nature seems a sage august.
In paths of promises we trust,
not weighing dreams along the way
from dust to dust.

With age comes waning wanderlust.
The mortal frame's begun to rust.
In measured steps our scenes we play.
But even stars to death fall prey.
And yet there must be more than just
from dust to dust…

Topic(s) of this poem: age, growth, life and death, nature, stars, voyage, youth

Form: Rondeau


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poem is a rondeau ~ a short poem of fixed form, consisting of 13 lines (plus the phrase twice)on two rhymes and having the opening words or phrase used in two places as an unrhymed refrain.

Inspiration came from image and info ~ G54.1+0.3: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust…

A new image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star. The dust is flying past and engulfing a nearby family of stars. Scientists think the stars in the image are part of a stellar cluster in which the supernova exploded. The material ejected in the explosion is now blowing past these stars at high velocities.

Image Credit: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Cambridge/G. Lansbury et al; Optical: NASA/STScI/W. Keel et al.

Comments about From Dust To Dust by Harley White

  • Belle Wassermeister (9/11/2019 1:44:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem which causes the reader to think!
    I especially like the last two lines.
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    Harley White(9/11/2019 4:09:00 PM)

    Ah, thinking is good, I think, say I with a wry smile. I'm glad you like the ending. And thanks for reading my poems!

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  • (9/8/2019 3:10:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem you have crafted dear poet. Thanks for sharing such beautiful poem. Great write (Report)Reply

    (9/9/2019 5:03:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading it and for your words of approval about the poem. I appreciate it!

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/2/2019 10:23:00 AM)

    All nature seems a sage august.
    In paths of promises we trust,
    not weighing dreams along the way
    from dust to dust.......nice poetic expression. Beautiful poem is amazingly shared. Thanks for sharing.
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    Harley White(6/3/2019 8:14:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm pleased that you liked the poem...

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (4/22/2019 11:02:00 PM)

    it's a great -
    All nature seems a sage august.
    In paths of promises we trust, ...///
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    Harley White(4/23/2019 6:25:00 AM)

    I’m pleased that you noticed my care in constructing the lines. Thank you.

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  • Kevin Patrick (4/22/2019 10:30:00 PM)

    Phenomenal imagery, you've captured some beautiful words every line is captivating exploration into the life of stars. I love the celestial nature of this poem, its not often writers truly explore the cosmic canvass of the brilliance of stellar matter. I love the recurring theme in the lines of dust to dust, even stars for all their brilliance are like all life finite creations. We are all star dust. Magnificent poem well chosen for POTD! (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/23/2019 6:24:00 AM)

    Such superlative remarks lift my spirits to the stars and encourage me on creatively. Thank you so much!

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  • Savita Tyagi (4/22/2019 7:16:00 PM)

    A super impressive poem both in subject matter and style. Seems to flow so naturally. Congratulations for this beautiful poem. (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/23/2019 6:20:00 AM)

    Your comment is impressive for me and much appreciated. Thank you!

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  • Bernard Snyder (4/22/2019 5:10:00 PM)

    Very good poem. It is quite different, yet fulfilling all the while. Glad you shared it. (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 5:21:00 PM)

    The rondeau form is unusual. And thank you for the compliment.

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (4/22/2019 4:16:00 PM)

    A powerful and insightful poem.
    Each stanza stands out.
    Beautifully crafted.
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    Harley White(4/22/2019 4:37:00 PM)

    I greatly appreciate your marvelous and thoughtful comment. Thank you.

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  • (4/22/2019 11:43:00 AM)

    Nice recreation on the old adage From Dust We Come and To Dust We Shall return. (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 2:55:00 PM)

    Thank you. I'm pleased that you like it.

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (4/22/2019 11:20:00 AM)

    Beautiful composition! Congrats on poem of day! (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 12:16:00 PM)

    I appreciate your generous words! Thank you!

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  • (4/22/2019 8:11:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem.... congratulation...dear friend... thanks (Report)Reply

    (4/22/2019 8:28:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading it and for your congratulations!

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (4/22/2019 7:15:00 AM)

    With age comes waning wanderlust. The mortal frame's begun to rust..... The mortality of human life (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:00:00 AM)

    Thank you for the comment. Yes, it is a message that pertains to all of life…

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  • Bill Cantrell (4/22/2019 5:55:00 AM)

    Well now, just look at you, I marveled at this poem when I first read it..I am thrilled that it was fittingly chosen as poem of the day, your poetry is extremely unique and so very refreshing...congrats...be proud my friend! By the way...good call on the change in the last stanza (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 7:57:00 AM)

    Thank you so much for your constant warm support of my poetry! I am truly grateful to have you for such a special reader! And I’m pleased that you liked my change at the end, too…

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  • Adrian Flett (4/22/2019 4:47:00 AM)

    Within the poem's form is set the day-to-day humanity together with the thoughts and dreams and finally the.wonderful image of stellar dust. The adherence to the form of the Rondeau adds power to this poem. (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:04:00 AM)

    Ah, you have really expressed what I was hoping to capture in the poem. I appreciate the encouragement.

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  • Jankovic Zoran (4/22/2019 4:25:00 AM)

    All you see is actually a celestial dust and end up in the dust of the earth. Great. (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:07:00 AM)

    Thank you. I’m pleased that you picked up on my intent.

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/22/2019 2:35:00 AM)

    Shelter of the bay of life! !
    Day and night with nature;
    Born to live and,
    To die one day.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:09:00 AM)

    You have caught the resonances in the poem. I appreciate your comment.

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (4/22/2019 2:12:00 AM)

    CONGRATULATIONS for being chosen as Member Poem Of The Day. Hurray! Thank you for sharing this poem full of brilliance. God's Blessings in Abundance for you and your beloved family. Amen. The picture is marvelous. (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:10:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading it. Yes, the picture is a special addition to me as well...

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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/22/2019 2:09:00 AM)

    The mortal frame's begun to rust.
    In measured steps our scenes we play.
    But even stars to death fall prey.
    And yet there must be more than just
    from dust to dust… yes truly so. there should be more than dust...... an after life in goodness and glory with the Almighty. tony
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    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:13:00 AM)

    There's often a little inspiration from Shakespeare in my poems, which you seem to have noticed. Thanks.

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  • (4/22/2019 1:35:00 AM)

    A super write but like the stars we shine then dim then go out. (Report)Reply

    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:16:00 AM)

    Ah, so… and yet we seek to immortalize it a bit in a poem. Thank you.

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (4/22/2019 1:34:00 AM)

    As Jesus said once….
    gather nothing,
    since you are born with nothing,
    do not gain wealth, when you die, you cannot take with,
    all the wealth you possess,
    it will only cause much stress

    born with not a thing
    die with nothing
    you came from dust
    you go back into dust....
    from " Sunday-Poem " - Dust to Dust - by Sylvia Frances Chan- Submitted on 31 March 2019 on Poem Hunter
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    Harley White(4/22/2019 8:18:00 AM)

    Yes, whatever sentiments one shares, it is a universal thought...

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Poem Edited: Friday, April 12, 2019


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