Starlight and Stars Bright – A Haibun

I lived in Dallas, Texas when my son was young. I remember we moved out of the city into the country when he was 9 years old. The big Texas sky is never-ending and at night the stars are amazing to watch.

I remember those hot summer nights when my son would love to camp out in the back yard or we would lay in the bed of the pick up truck and gaze at the stars. Orion was always our favorite constellation and to this day, even though we don’t live in Texas anymore, we are still in the south and I love to look up and pick out Orion, the hunter with the three stars on his belt.

Starlight and stars bright
Constellation Orion
Hunter of the sky

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Merril is hosting Monday Haibun at D’Verse. She has prompted us to
“Look up” and write a Haibun about what we see.

  36 comments for “Starlight and Stars Bright – A Haibun

  1. August 3, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Very nice.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 3, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you ☺️

  2. Anonymous
    August 2, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    It’s reassuring that no matter what else, we can depend on seeing the familiar constellations. Such a pleasant memory to have with you and your son, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 2, 2022 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes, a special memory. ☺️💕 Your name was hidden on your comment, did you know?

  3. August 2, 2022 at 7:19 am

    Sadly, I’ve never seen Orion. The stars are almost invisible where I live, due to immense light pollution. You are lucky! Very beautiful memory you’ve shared.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 2, 2022 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you M Jay. I’m sorry you don’t get to see it. It is very special ☺️💕

  4. Jane Dougherty
    August 2, 2022 at 6:38 am

    Everyone loves Orion 🙂 It’s unnerving that way the constellations move though. If Orion has moved, I feel as though the sky’s not right.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 5, 2022 at 7:11 pm

      Yes I’m always disappointed if I don’t see it 😧

  5. August 2, 2022 at 3:57 am

    That sounds wonderful Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 5, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Sadje. It is a lovely memory ❤️☺️

      • August 5, 2022 at 8:35 pm

        You’re welcome my friend

  6. August 1, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    We could always find Orion, his belt being so prevalent in our view and us wondering if he ever took the thing off. 😉

    • Christine Bolton
      August 2, 2022 at 12:06 am

      Haha! Yes, i wonder too. The three stars of his belt are the first things you see, then you know you’ve found him. ☺️

      • August 2, 2022 at 3:05 pm

        Exactly. A go-to for our star gazing.

      • Christine Bolton
        August 2, 2022 at 11:28 pm

        Me too!

  7. August 1, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    A wonderful Haibun, Christine! I can imagine the Texas sky is something to see. Orion always shown at the end of our driveway on one of the places we lived. Great haiku as well.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 2, 2022 at 12:08 am

      Oh thank you Dwight. I do love the night sky ☺️

  8. August 1, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Stargazing is a favorite pastime of mine as well, great haibun! 🤩

    • Christine Bolton
      August 1, 2022 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much Tricia ☺️💕

  9. Rob Kistner
    August 1, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Wonderful piece Christine, thank you for sharing.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 1, 2022 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Rob! Happy you liked it ☺️

  10. August 1, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    What a stunning night show it is!! A memory to cherish!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 1, 2022 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you Grace. We are all so fortunate to have the beautiful night sky no matter where we are in the world ☺️💕

  11. August 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    That’s such a lovely memory, Christine. 💙 Thank you for sharing it. Orion is one of the few constellations I can pick out (sometimes).

    I lived in Dallas when I was a child–but a definite outsider. 😏

    • August 1, 2022 at 8:39 pm

      I cwn never seem to find Orion. But I have stick on stars above my bed we put on for my daughter when she was young and they still light up my nights. A great memory!

      • Christine Bolton
        August 1, 2022 at 9:25 pm

        I too had those stars. ☺️❤️ The night sky is magical for all of us, isn’t it Mary? Happy memories for sure.

      • August 2, 2022 at 6:07 am

        We had them in our kids’ rooms, too! I have an app on my phone that identifies stars, moon, and planets.

      • Christine Bolton
        August 2, 2022 at 11:29 pm

        Yes, I have that App too. It’s wonderful ☺️

      • August 3, 2022 at 8:19 am

        It is! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      August 1, 2022 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you Merril. ☺️❤️. Such a lovely prompt. Oh coming from England we were outsiders too! I enjoyed my time there and made many good friends. Although these days I worry about the government of Texas. They are going backwards. Very worrying.

      • August 2, 2022 at 6:03 am

        I can’t say I loved it there, but things are definitely worrying in Texas now!

  12. August 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    A beautiful memory tinged with a little wistfulness. Great haibun.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 1, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you Nitin. Yes they are lively memories ☺️💕

  13. August 1, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    The only constellations that I was able to recognize where the Big and Little Dippers. I think that stories about a great hunter are more exciting than ones about drinking implements.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm

      Lol Jim! You’re hilarious 🥴

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