Swallowed

 

Here come the swallows

as light is swallowed by night

in the half-light dusk light between

they flit

twittering

 

a conversation of the mad

obsessed

the single-minded

mosquito hunters

 

light fades

 

then the bats

silent-winged

the whoosh of displaced air as they rush

brushing faces

single-minded

 

mosquito hunters

 

as the light

is swallowed by the night

 

hush.

 

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

17 thoughts on “Swallowed”

  1. I’m happy you’re promoting part of the purpose of thrushes and bats that is impulsive to them and practical for us. I’ve appreciated the fact that bats eat up things we’d rather not have around. So they should be praised rather than cursed. I don’t know if thrush have a negative reputation, too.

    Mostly, there is beautiful wording here:

    in the half-light dusk light between

    they flit

    And, again, nature knows what to do, how to live, in the times of day and night and in between.

    1. I can see where the connection with the thrush comes from. They eat a quantity of snails and slugs and the fact that we kill them to eat is ugly and senseless, but then when have men, whose idea of a grand day out is a bloody massacre, ever used common sense?

    1. There’s a short period of overlap as the swallows fly high in the last of the light while the bats start low in the shadows round the house. Both doing a fine job 🙂

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