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Waterfall of stars,
ride the night, wisher’s delight!
A meteor trick.

This haiku was written specially for Rebecca Cunningham’s (Fake Flamenco) May 2023 poetry challenge.

Rebecca’s prompt:
This month we will write a haiku (5/7/5 syllables) using the phrase “Waterfall of Stars.” While reading a YA story recommended by our teen called The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson, Rebecca came across this phrase and thought it was beautiful. Haikus don’t officially have titles, though if you prefer to save your syllables you may use it that way.

There were a few slants I considered for this, but I finally decided on the scientific one. What we call falling (or shooting) stars, are in fact not stars at all. They are really meteoroids.

More of the science here: What causes a falling star?

Superstition says that wishing upon a falling star will grant your wish. However, as the next article points out, your might best wish that your “falling star” doesn’t hit our planet.

It’s getting bigger,
it’s getting A LOT bigger…

(Just a little bonus haiku for you.) Lol And more about our wishfulness here: Why do we wish upon stars?

This was fun, Rebecca. Thanks for the challenge. 🙂

“Falling”, haiku G Susan L Hart 2023 | HartInspirations.com | (SusanLHart.com)