Shining Star by Vignesh S Raj

A star shining very bright against a star-filled night sky and gray sand dune beneath
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The sky looked a pale violet
Devoid of the moon and the stars
As if in a state of mourning.
At the center of it though
Stood afloat a solitary star
A bright speck of light.
In the backdrop of the dull sky
It seemed like an aberration.
Paradox of life, maybe?
I felt envious of it
For it was a picture of what I wanted to be,
But what I am not.
A captivating smile on the face,
A vibrant ray of hope in the eyes,
Oblivious to the gloom around.
It reminded me of what my momma used to say
‘Don’t you ever worry, for I’m always watching you’.
Is your momma watching you, little star?
Looking at it
A wave of love washed over me,
My heart felt light,
Something stirred my soul.
I stretched out my hand towards it,
Hoping that it would touch me
And turn me into a star
But to my desolation, it did not.
I stood staring at it for a minute, broken-hearted
When I began to comprehend its message to me
And a smile formed on my gloomy face,
For it told me
‘To be a star,
You don’t have to be in the skies,
You don’t have to set yourself ablaze,
You don’t have to light up the world,
Spread love,
Touch hearts,
Heal souls,
And that is truly the moment
You become a shining star’.


Vignesh is a blogger from India whose works could be found at World of Words. He is an IT professional who works for an investment bank. Vignesh finds great joy in writing despite his idiosyncratic laziness preventing him from writing more often than he would like to. Someone who started blogging primarily to express his opinion on subjects he felt the need to do so, he now tries his hand at poetry too. Apart from writing, he is fond of reading, cats and beaches.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Vignesh’s poetry encapsulates the essence of finding meaning in one’s existence. We often turn our gaze skywards, admiring the beauty and wonder of the universe, stars shining in radiant glory. Let’s discover the beauty and wonder inside us, releasing it so that others may witness the spectacle of love and kindness.
    Congratulations Vignesh!

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  2. Wonderful Vignesh. Congratulations 💕

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  3. Meelosmom says:

    Yes! So true! A lovely poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Vignesh, congratulations on your publication. I found your poem to be beautifully relatable. There are many ways to shine, even if one doesn’t know he or she has made a big difference in someone else’s life. Even a smile can do so. Once, I was working to help feed Seattle’s homeless an enormous hot meal via our church. There were probably 150 people there. I saw a homeless man crying and a boy about four taking his time trying to tie the older man’s shoestrings. I went over to see if the child was upsetting the man. When I saw his tear-stained eyes, he ask me if I had any idea how long it had been since anyone would allow a child to come anywhere near him. Then we both stood there crying until the young boy completed his task while talking to the man.

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  5. Cassa Bassa says:

    Sky and star ponder give us wisdom and understanding. Definately write more so we get to read more about your philosophical prose. Thanks for writing Vignesh!

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  6. So touching and moving Vignesh, Congratulations on this piece💞

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