October 31: Cloud Allusions I Recall

“Bright Star,” a musical collaboration
Between Steve Martin and Edie Brickell,
Whose title comes from Keats, whose exhortation
Tells paramours in patience they should dwell,

Competes with Randall Thompson for delight,
Whose setting of “Choose Something Like a Star”
By Robert Frost, with Keats’s Eremite,
One seen up close and one seen from afar.

But who’s to say two works that might allude
With learned respect to one immortal piece
That by chronology one might preclude
The other’s fame, its prominence decrease?

For truly, a shared thought can be a treat
When it will complement and not compete.

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