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Starry Starry Nights


This, another of my early haiku, and an old favourite. Watching the stars, listening to the day become evening, then night; the twinkling of cottage lights appearing one by one on the distant hillsides-yellow stars, fallen from the violet, not-quite-black, sky. High up, unseen, a lone Curlew calls ...

Perhaps listening to a little night music as more and more stars appear ...

Music from the Pleiades (Complete Album - Playlist)

Or this one, an all time classic from Don McLean ... ‘Starry Starry Night’ ...


And here’s the call of the Curlew again as interpreted by Oliver Messiaen ... ‘Le Courlis Cendre’ ...


Not everybody’s cup of tea but a unique and innovative piece of music nonetheless.

Artist Credit

The painting by Deb Anderson is a 12"x12" oil on board painting of the Night Sky and the Seven Sisters (The Pleiades) and is used here edited with her permission. She does beautiful paintings so her blog is well worth a browse - I especially like her night sky ones, landscapes and plants.

Here is a link to her post:

Many of her paintings are for sale - you may find just the one you're looking for ...


The recording by Stein Ø. Nilsen is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world.

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May 23, 2021 1:48 pm

A lovely verse, Clive! So much rain here we can’t see the stars so we make up for it with your post 😊

Reply to  Clive Bennett
May 23, 2021 3:05 pm

Haha, will do! The Pleiades is wonderful. It has dried up this afternoon but it’s still overcast🌂brolly at the ready

May 23, 2021 4:02 pm

Another beautiful posting. Vincent is my favorite song from this artist also. You had me twice with this one.

Andrea Stephenson
May 24, 2021 2:51 pm

Hauntingly beautiful Clive.

May 24, 2021 6:57 pm

Magnificent sounds and evocation. Raining here too and very cold! Lovely and green though.

May 24, 2021 7:01 pm

love the Messiaen also

May 25, 2021 11:07 pm

I love the haiku and the prose!! Beautiful words! The recording of the curlew sounds otherworldly. Thanks, Clive.

September 13, 2021 6:08 pm

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