Million Stars

Million stars
Twinkling lace blanket

After traveling 20+ hrs. with the other four sisters of the “Twisted Sisters Retreat” to Sedona, AZ,  we finally located our “home” for the week and were ready to unpack the “truck” and get settled.  We were excited but very weary.  One of the first gifts I noticed, after we unfolded from the vehicle, were the glorious stars.  There were millions or perhaps gazillions of them – twinkling!  They were every where!  As if it was a welcoming gesture, the heavens rolled out the carpet for us to marvel.

Now for those who vividly view these treasures each night, please keep in mind to what I am accustom:  I grew up in Houma, Louisiana, which is 12 feet above sea level.   Near my current residence in Central Texas, I am 427 feet above sea level.   Sedona, Arizona is 4500 feet above sea level … only a slight difference :D.  No wonder I felt I could almost touch them!! 😉

Sedona has a lights-out ordinance. There are no street lights and outside lights in neighborhoods must be out by 10 pm. This allows clearer star indulgence.

Most nights in the still of the night, I sat on the balcony with a cup of hot coffee or tea, and marveled at the priceless jewels of the dark indigo vault of heaven.  Although a few were spotted by one of my retreat “sisters”, I still missed the elusive falling stars !  At home in TX, Ray spots them readily; either my eyes are not quick enough or I am enjoying the view somewhere else. 🙂

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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9 Responses to Million Stars

  1. I love the Southwest. We have land in New Mexico and, often, wonder if we should think about building a small retreat there. The stars are so magical and do seem to be within touch. I was reminsicing about a visit to an artist friends home in Taos after I read your poem. We spent a quiet night in his jacuzzi looking up at the stars. It was so relaxing and tranquil. It makes me want to go there right now.
    Thank you for my trip down memory lane about a wonderful time I spent with friends.
    Very nice,


  2. I love watching the stars.. especially when its going dusk and they pop out one by one, I find there is a magical connection for me. Like Im looking home.. which Im sure I am… To view them without the light from the cities is something else isnt it Becca.. And i love them on a clear crisp evening with a full moon with halo around..
    We dont see many shooting stars here… But I have witnessed a few… And once when a child saw one fall and land in a field in the country where I then lived… It may have been a bit of space debris but it left a glow in its wake.. and I remember wishing upon it.. LOL… a group of us children went searching the field in daylight.. but we found nothing..
    Thanks for bringing that memory to the surface again.. 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend.. and your Retreat sounded like ‘heaven’ 🙂


    • becca givens says:

      What a lovely sharing ~~ thank you for doing so … I love star gazing; I just don’t have the opportunity to gaze often enough without interference of lights!

      The retreat was delightful ~~~ I am still processing all the information and gifts!


  3. unsungpoet says:

    I love this simple and beautiful description…so perfectly captures it!


  4. Renee Espriu says:

    Beautiful words to describe what I have seen before, where there are at times no words to describe it. I spent my wedding night years ago in Sedona at my inlaws’ home there as I became ill enroute so there was no Honeymoon to be had but it didn’t matter as Sedona is simply a magnificent place that Nature has chosen to give to us resplendent views of wonder. I’m glad you got to spend time there. I haven’t been married for years now but the memory of this place holds fast.


  5. siggiofmaine says:

    Love this…thank you…I am blessed to live where I can see the stars at night…but I love to hear of others blissful in their sight. I had cataract surgery almost two years ago and one of the miracles was seeing more stars than I ever had before…blessed we … you and I…are to have been able to see them…and happy to know your were thrilled with the sights of the night.

    ☮ Siggi in Downeast Maine


    • becca givens says:

      Siggi – You are blessed to have and see them so readily … I see stars in TX, but nothing like this have I seen before – not even when I was camping in North Carolina!! Thank you for your visit!!


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