An Intricate Dusk

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Black birds slice their evening patterns—
long curves in the sky. Everything
is drawing down into shade.
But the dark, which is at first so simple
is not simple. Away from the farmhouse
with its slits of yellow, the monochrome
develops like a print in the chemical bath.

The unbroken velvet swims
with complications so subtle that
seeing and hearing must take their time
to know. The shadow purples,
the dusk intricate with crickets. The sky
infested with pricks of light.
My whole body an ear, an eye.
~Luci Shaw “A Simple Dark”

 

Let it come, as it will, and don’t   
be afraid. God does not leave us   
comfortless, so let evening come.
~Jane Kenyon from “Let Evening Come”

Wandering the evening farm,
I feel the darkness,
more than see or hear
the settling of birdsong,
the rise of coyote calls,
the horizon’s firelight,
the slowing of my pulse,
and the deepening of my breaths.

I let it come, this most intricate dusk.

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5 thoughts on “An Intricate Dusk

  1. I recently read a sermon by Rowan Williams, once Archbishop of Canterbury, called A Ray of Darkness in which he quotes Welsh poet Henry Vaughan who wrote,
    There is in God (some say), a deep but dazzling darkness.
    So this dusk invites us in. Love this post…..

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  2. There was a time when I loathed the dusk/because it meant the coming of night/And night held all the fear and loneliness/that daylight washed away/Now black is the presence of all color and night is safe/Day is the deceiver, the impostor/the absence of dusk.

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