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A Philosophical Tale of Stars and Childhood- a Response to Brenda's Word Prompt Challenge

Misbah enjoys writing poetry and loves to convey the messages of Love through her poems.


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Brenda Arledge, a sweet friend, and a very helpful fellow author provides us with word prompts every week to help us to be more creative. Here's my take on the prompt "stars" for this week. I hope everyone will enjoy it.

Every Star Held a Treasure

As a child, I believed that every star held a treasure - love, hope, and compassion - and that snowflakes were their messengers.

During the cold winter nights, I danced with them, December evenings, when they spread across the Earth, spun in winter mists, and softly settled on a white ground, I tried to control them.

As they were wearing a veil, their cottony whiteness covered the trees, the river, and the roads in this beautiful landscape. Playing in this scene of pure, white, and pristine beauty. It is one of my vivid memories.

In the heart of winter, a girl with long brown hair and brown eyes stands out against the snow. The winter cold make her cheeks rosy.


The window from which I saw her was only a few feet away. There was only white to be seen everywhere; the entire mountain seemed to have dissolved into the clouds, masking everything.

In order to avoid being seen by the farmer, she had chosen a very specific spot to cross the fence. Despite her exhaustion, she rushed and collapsed in a fury, amazed and enchanted by the stars' shower.

She played there so many times in a year that she lost count. While wearing her ski outfit to stay warm and protected, she was now modeling enormous snowmen with zeal and skill. The last ember of darkness in those eyes has been extinguished.

After this, I realized that by swallowing these stars, children ingest these jewels, which they would carry with them forever, deep within their souls and minds.


Awakened by this magnificent shower, Humanity got the most precious of gifts: The power of Love and compassion. We're made of sparkle! But we forget as we grow...

Attacks and crimes are widespread nowadays, the Poles are melting, the animals are struggling, the energies are running out, and the seasons are out of order... What are we doing?

We are doing nothing about it! Nevertheless, who am I to judge and criticize the lack of action? -- I'm an individualist and a techie. I am having a busy life. I believe, Why should I bother? But I need to...

However, I believe I've figured out, the root reason for men's ignorance, and I've found a cure.

There is nothing like due to global warming or pollution, snow isn't falling, and the stars aren't racing towards our thirsty hearts.

Instead of waiting for these lovely stars to save us, we must save ourselves, we must save these stars, eradicating the dark that has insidiously crept into our hearts ~ Be a star!!

The only way to reach the stars is to trust in the divine. Look at the stars at night as a child once again to rediscover the power to dream, let's dream together!

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Make this place heaven on earth. Keep that inner child alive!! Gaze the stars with wondering eyes, let's dream as a child once again!!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh


Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 05, 2021:

Yes, Flourish we must all do our parts and it is important. Let's be that star. I appreciate your kind comment. Take care and stay safe.

Blessings and Love to you, dear friend

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 04, 2021:

I agree with Peggy. We must all do our part and take action so that there will be a natural world worth appreciating left.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Vidya, I am so pleased to know you enjoyed reading it. Much appreciated, dear friend. Stay well and happy.

Many Blessings to you!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Yes, Peggy, it's true. The time is ticking away. But, before God's appointed hour, what can we do? Let us hope for the best and do our part to make this world a better place to live. I'm wishing for the best. I appreciate your kind response. Much Love!!

Blessings always!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, Romio.

Blessings to you!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Eman, I am so glad to know you liked it. Your kind comment is very much appreciated. Happy weekend!!

Blessings to you, dear sister

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Dear Srushti, I am so pleased to know that you liked it. Thank you for the beautiful feedback. Happy weekend to you, dear friend

Take care and stay safe. Much Love!!

Blessings always!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment, Rosina. So happy to know you enjoyed it. Much appreciated!! Take care and stay happy!!

Blessings and Peace!!

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 04, 2021:

Beautiful poem in response to Brenda's word prompt, Misbah. True we need to rediscover our inner child to gaze in wonder at the stars and see love and hope hidden in them I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2021:

I agree with your message, Misbah. We can dream of better times, but we must also take action. The clock is ticking...

Dr Romio from United Kingdom on September 04, 2021:

This is amazing

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Mr. Bill, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment. I'm glad it made you smile. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed it. Much Gratitude!!

Stay happy and healthy.

Sending Blessings to you and your loved ones!!!

Nian from Pakistan on September 04, 2021:

You wrote a beautiful piece. Stars are the sign of hope. I loved reading this poem.

Many Love and Blessings, dear sister.

Srushti Gamit on September 04, 2021:

So magically written dear Misbah!!

I literally enjoyed reading this wonderful piece.

Take care

Sending lots of love to you dear friend

Rosina S Khan on September 04, 2021:

This is a wonderful write-up based on the prompt, "Star". I like the idea of gazing at the stars in the sky, dreaming like a child, and being a star ourselves. I really enjoyed your writing. Thank you for sharing, Misbah.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 04, 2021:

The connection between star gazing and childhood is exquisite. I loved this, and smiled throughout. Yes, there were serious topics sprinkled in, but bottom line, to me, is this: we are surrounded by beauty; we are surrounded by reminders of hope; we are surrounded by beauty, on all sides, below us, and above us. It would be a shame to ignore that beauty during our short lives.

Blessings and hugs coming your way

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Bro, Do brilliant minds think alike? Ha-Ha. I believe stars have some strange and beautiful connection with childhood. what do you think?

I read your piece. It was as usual very beautiful and touching. I agree with you that we should not be concerned about things we cannot change. Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment. Much Gratitude!! Take care and stay happy and safe.

Blessings and Peace!!!

manatita44 from london on September 04, 2021:

You've done well. seems to have a childhood theme. I knew you had a Hub out, but I'm glad I didn't read it before I wrote mines this morning. I was lying in bed and a poem came, but by the time I started writing, I had turned it into a childhood story. Glad to see you did the same. Beautiful!

I empathize with your sadness and your loving wishes for a more harmonious world. Use the Heart, the spiritual Heart when you write. Feel more and let the writing takes care of itself. Think less. You are, after all, an excellent and versatile writer. Never worry about things you cannot change. Hari Om Tat Sat!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Chitra Di, thank you so much for your kind words and appreciation. I'm glad you enjoyed it and that it brought back some wonderful childhood memories for you. Much Gratitude!!

Love and Blessings!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2021:

Hello Misbah!

A sweet response to the word prompt, stars. I enjoyed reading your narration and in fact, was reminded of my own childhood.

Thank you for sharing the message of hope, through your beautifully written creative piece.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Maryam, Thanks a bunch for your kind comment, dear sister. Glad to know you liked it.

Blessings and Love to you!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Thank you so much for the beautiful feedback, dear Bredz. So glad you enjoyed reading it. Thank you for posting the link. Have a great day. Sending you lots of Love and Blessings :)


Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 04, 2021:

Dear Pamela, thank you very much for your great and thoughtful response. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed it. I believe, we can survive that inner child in us. From time to time, God has given us the power to rediscover that lost kid within us. Let's just hope and pray may we never ever lose it. :)

Stay happy and healthy. Take care and love as always


Maryam Fatima from Pakistan on September 03, 2021:

Very beautiful and inspiring poem,dear sister.

Much love and blessing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 03, 2021:


In your story, "Every Star Held a Treasure" you tell us

"As a child, I believed that every star held a treasure - love, hope and compassion - and that snowflakes were their messengers."

Then you show us how your most vivid memory is playing outside with them on cold winter nights.

Then you tell us about a girl with long brown hair & eyes who would sneak across the fence so the farmer couldn't see her.

She was amazed & enchanted by the stars shower.

You realize that children carry this beauty with them forever deep inside their souls.

These showers give us the gift of love & compassion.

The world is made of sparkle but as we age we often forget.

We stand still watching as earth changes, as we do nothing to help.

We need to become a star. To reach out to help make this a better place.

We need to trust in the divine & look up at the night sky with eyes like a child once more.

Rediscovering the power of a dream as we dream together.

Making earth seem like heaven.

A lovely piece reminding us to let our hearts have dreams & hopes like a child.

To treasure the beauty around us & take the effort to make life better.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Good writing


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2021:

To gaze at the stars once again as a child sounds so sweet. I loved reading this sweet poem,Misnbah. Sometimes we need hope above all

I do not know if the inner child can be kept alive, Misbah.

Much love and blessings for y9u.

Misbah Sheikh (author) on September 03, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, John. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Isn't it true that hope keeps us alive? So let us continue to hope and dream :)

Take care and have a wonderful day, dear friend. Keep smiling!!

Blessings always!!!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 03, 2021:

This is such a lovely piece, Misbah. It gives us hope to gaze at the stars, dream again like a child, and wish for those dreams to come true. Wonderful response to Brenda’s prompt.

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