Strength (Pleiades ~ Haiku)


strength of the fearless Titians
shamelessly, Atlas fought
steadfast and valiant,
sternly punished by Zeus
shoulders held the heavens
still, father of daughters
seven frail sisters



seven sisters
stars in Taurus’ shoulder

© Tournesol ’15 See above           Pleione (mother), Atlas (father) and  seven sisters

Written for MindLoveMiserysMenagerie and B&P Shadorma and Beyond

A Pleiades is a 7 line poem created by Craig Tigerman. It is named after the stars in the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Each line has 6 syllables and begins with the same letter – which is the first letter in the (one word) title.

Shadow Poetry tells us that “six of the stars (in Pleiades) are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione.”





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