Poet Robert Graham has just sent me his poem for November which I'll code and uplift to his site. It is so good, I would like to share it here.

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Star struck ... A clear sky at night possesses an extraordinary magic. Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash
For a seafarer, particularly a singlehanded sailor, one of the greatest joys to see out there happens with a clear sky at night.

It doesn’t matter whether I'm sailing the Atlantics, the Roaring Forties, or even ploughing deep into the Southern Ocean, the view overhead is astonishing.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Entranced ... Portraying a clear night sky clearly boosts creativy for artist Maika Spooner.
Robert is a landlubber, through and through, and a most gifted gardener as he is as a poet.

Yet when he puts the gardening tools to a side on a clear night, his words give the impression that he is as overwhelmed by the starry heavens as I am at sea.

His verse for November is here on healinggardens dot click, and because it is so appealing, it's here on this page, too.

The very appropriate artwork is by Maika Spooner.


Throw the last diamond in your poverty pocket into the gutter.
   As far, far away as possible,
   And further still if you can.
   And you will find, one day, when you are in the dark,
   That there will be and you will see,
   Hundreds and hundreds of stardiamondsstars,
   Lighting up the dark sky, smiling at you,
   And waving their starry palmy hands in friendly greeting,
   Even though they may be quite out of sight.
- Robert Graham

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