The Night Sky



The clouds are menacing,


and a bit scary.

They’re large in size

and move slowly,

making me wary.

I don’t know

what is to come from them.

I don’t know

what to expect.

Turbulent air,

rain, or thunder?

They all can be next.

The clouds are so dark

as they float on by

it’s impossible to see,

but it’s the pitch black

night sky

that won’t let me be.

It blankets the world

in a dark cloak,

but the stars still manage

to peek through.

I glide amongst them all,

taking it all in

as if I belong there, too.


In the distance,

the horizon lights up

in a flash.

I keep looking

far to my left

to admire each blast.

Every few moments,

I see a giant spark.

It’s quiet, but beautiful

and shoos away the dark.

It only lasts for a second or two,

but, because of its grandeur,

staring in amazement

is all I can do.

With each new symphony of lights,

I study the shapes

and I take in the sights.

Each one, within its beauty,

is ruthless and intimidating,

threatening to strike

with no holding back.

And, as I watch them safely

from miles away,

I can only respect them

more for that.




About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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