Night is here again,
dark as ever, dark as Hades
and full of rain.
The light returns tomorrow
so they say, the ones who know,
who measure the turning of the earth
through standing stones
and the stories coursing in their blood
of death and birth,
and how the sunrise hits a smooth stone
in a chamber set into a hill.
Night is here again.
That’s all I know.
at the end of the day
we can only say the day is ended
the sun has set
and in the whispering of the leaves
is the promise of tomorrow
tomorrow begins with the dark
and the moon’s course across the sky
the patterings and scufflings among the grasses
the hunting owls
and the dropping dew
dew prefigures frost
the silver veiling of the earth
paling of the green
and trembling tree shadows
to the colour of moonlight
the meadow is awash
and the day has ended in the night ocean
I sail sunwards
clutching my promise of tomorrow
all day long the thrushes sing
and in the night the owls
play ghost with one another
among the swaying trees
beneath the cold stars winking
their feathery tremolo rolls
and bright-eyed mice count frightened
heartbeats hard as sunflower seeds
among damp night stalks trembling
foxes walk and badgers growl
while I listen to the moonlight-
darkened voices of the wild
breathe the musky scent of tree bark
and the rolling dewy grasses
where they walk and we would follow
ghosts all in the dusky night
A poem I wrote today and have finished up for the dverse prompt.
Tonight it seems as though the sky,
the heavy drapery diamond-stitched,
waveless, waterless ocean where ice
is formed and falls in flakes
of chiselled chaff, is blue as day,
the light turned off and curtains drawn.
The light turned off and curtains drawn,
purblind we cower beneath
the trembling shadow-wings
of its monumental dark majesty.
A butterfly cinquain that doesn’t quite fit the remit for Colleen’s challenge as I have only used a synonym for one of the words.
that shakes the trees
is the wind’s, the voice that
calls in the night and stirs your dreams.
to its wild song woven with threads
of moon silver and the
Kerfe’s owl again.
night is cold
full of stars and owls
bound in streamers of moonlight
night is cold
windows run wet
breath steams and streams
while the owl mocks
owl song trembles
tremolo among the dark trees
winged grace quavering
in the chill of starlight
moon round and pale
silent as owl-flight
casts a chill eye
for the night is cold
Night flies on out-flung turquoise wings
folding feathers of fucshia and the taste
of pressed gold into cloud shapes and the
roaring of the poplars in the wind.
Grass shadow stretches earthwards and
upwards grey as dusky earth and the colour
of the toad waiting for the light music to fade
and the tranquil dark sea to rise and fall.
Cool seeps from well and water, earth turns
slow and stately as moonbeams, and life walks
on slender bufonid legs into the leaf-rustle
hush of the star-dimpled night ocean.
Something calls in the reaches of the night, where stars
wash back and forth, caught in the swell of the sky.
Its wordless words are saying that this place between
hoof, paw and the netted stars, that stirs in flaring nostrils
and tastes of the night, is love and anguish at its loss, is
birth and death and all of life between, muscles sliding
beneath hide and feathered flight. It says, listen to life
calling, hear its song in the snailshell of the ear, feel it
growing deep in the bones. Keep it close, let it not be
snatched away snuffed out in blood and tears,
but carry it always to sing, loud-throated as the blackbird,
into the teeth of death and the last silence.
In the dusk of the year
we stand wreathed in flying leaves
and restless skies watching
the dark half of the year turn closer
remembering the cold that bites
beneath snow-filled cloud
and our dreams full of fire.
In the twilight of all things that matter
we lie down on scorched grass
and watch the storm clouds gather.
No rainbows will follow this deluge
no ark no saving graces.
No dawn will follow this night
of no moon and no stars.
moon picks up
the stray threads
weaves a new
a haze of motes
soft as feathers
kinder than sunlight’s glare
I wear it gladly
wandering strands of silver
strands of gold
among the green and the grey
skylights finding their way
in the parched grass of the night
pools of silver light
almost like rainwater
we see only beauty
in the fields of the night
hear only music
in the cry of the hunting owl
beneath the silver a sprinkling of red blood