This song goes back many years inspired by the appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp (which, Wikipedia reminds me, was visible for over a year and a half.)  It got me to playing with meanings we give to the word star.

 © 1997 Steven E. Cutts

recorded in 1997 for the Eyes Full of Innocence album by Dave Durr at Omega Recording Studios, Rockville, MD.

  • Steve, acoustic guitar, vocal
  • Rebecca Kotler. cello


Comets are the show-offs of the night sky

Trailing their plumes of cosmic rain.

Unlike their meteoric cousins,

Comets show their brilliance long enough to earn a name.

Meanings are attached to their arrivals;

They are joined to legend and lore

Before they disappear for centuries more.


By contrast stars are steady and plain-spoken,

White beacons through the black of night.

Stars don't abandon their constellations,

Age after age anchored still in sight.

Easily confused for one another,

Stars seem content in their place

And aren't seduced to chase                                   

Comets as they hurtle out through space.


It's tempting to aspire to be a comet

Attracting acclaim and regard.

Instead of traveling far

Stay close to where you are,

And be content to shine more like a star.