Seven Sisters road runs from
somewhere intersecting the
sweep of Holloway Road and
slightly seedily on to
South Tottenham, travelling
South West to North East: never
speak of starlight, City blind.
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Written for dVerse Poetics: Stars that count. Laura is hosting tonight and has asked us to write a ‘Pleiades poem.’ I found this incredibly hard, but had to try.
I used to live in Finsbury Park for a short while and often found myself commuting by bus along Seven Sisters road. Not a chance of seeing the Pleiades from this location, but this kind of fits with the struggle I had writing this form!
And here’s a song about city lights outshining the stars:
I have never heard of a Pleiades poem so I had to look it up! It looks like an apt challenge to write. I love the crisp way the words flow here!
The way your personal experience inspired this poem is very unique! 😀
Love how you made it citylike and gritty… those seven sisters seems more real to me than those mythic sisters in the sky.
It took me a minute to realize that was a “city star cluster.” Your poem is so fluid, you met the challenge very well!
Thank you Lisa!
It’s been a long time since I visited friends in the Seven Sisters Road – I remember being city blind. Not any more!
There’s something exciting about it, but nowadays I prefer the countryside.
I know it and know just what you mean – a unique take on Seven and you conquered the ‘Pleiades’ form perfectly as it literally swims with the traffic in ‘S’
Thank you, Laura. I wrote about the stars on Monday so wanted to try something different.
You had me at “Seven Sisters Road” which sounds like a ZZ Top hit song. You scored high marks rocking the prompt.
Thanks Glenn 🎸
Another poetry format that I had not heard of…. well done Ingrid… I’ll have a try one day…
It’s tough but I’m sure you could do it no problem!
Interesting, and I’ll have a go at it… 😀😊
I’m glad 😊 happy Tuesday to you too!
Great use of the S, and then closing on ‘City’…sounderiffic!
Thanks Ron 😊
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Ace enough? I’ll take that, thank you 😊
Beautifully rendered as each line flows into the other.
Thanks Eugenia 😊
Most welcome, Ingrid!😉
What a wonderful name for a road!…but it should be out where the stars can be clearly seen. City blind, so true. (K)
It is a great name! Probably named after the chalk cliffs on the South Coast rather than the stars, but I’m really not sure 🤔
So beautifully penned.
Thank you Lucy 😊
I love the combination of you words and the song you chose which was a perfect fit!!! ❤️ Cindy
Thank you Cindy 🌟
Simply sensational Ingrid. That is why I love the wild. When you look up the whole of the universe is opened wide for you. Amazing how that overhead photo looks like the nervous system of a living organism.
Yes, I think the city takes on a life of its own. But it’s good to be out where I can see the stars at night!
I liked the play on city roads, it gives it a modern poetic feel.
Thanks, just wanted something different from my previous poem!
You have the rare opportunity of relating what is available on Earth’s city roads to that of he Cosmos
Thanks Hank 😊
A wonderful take using London’s Seven Sisters! My son lives in ‘seedy south Tottenham’!
I didn’t say South Tottenham was seedy – just the road 😅
I Hate Tottenham
That’s all right
This brought back memories. I used to do my shopping down Holloway Road when I was a student there in the 80s. It was all seedy then!
A nice flip from looking upward at the sky to riding on the road. You took me on a journey I wasn’t familiar with: Seven Sisters Road.
Thanks Lillian-pleased you enjoyed the journey!