Thursday, September 28, 2017

Nightfall – v5

The sun drops below the shore;
Summer sky aglow.
Still skin of the water
Ablaze in orange, yellow, and black.
Nightfall on the lake.

I pull and push
The canoe away from shore.
Longing for warmth.
Waves swelled and fell.
The canoe pitched and bobbed.
The paddle blade leaves
Luminous eddies beside me.

Great blue heron
Perched on a skeleton
Of the ancient pine,
Silhouetted before an
Oriole sky.

Crossing the silken waters
Colored lights on a deck,
Elvis on the stereo,
Easy laughter from an invisible porch.
Dark houses, silent waters,
Failing light, all in shadows.

A beaver before me.
Out in the lit waters.
He slaps his tail and dives
Shallow near shore.
We cross again,
Repeating this dance.

A light from my window,
My cabin in the lake,
Guides me home.
Night all around me
The world is still.

edited September 28, 2017
Nightfall – v5

Edited July 18, 2013
“Nightfall – v4”
Edited July 15, 2013
“Nightfall – v3”
Edited July 15, 2013
“Nightfall – v2”
July 20, 2000
Written Thursday 7/20/00 at 9:50. It is about my two hour canoe ride
on Swains Lake from 7:15 to 9:20pm.
Barrington, NH
edited December 28, 2015
Alone in the Rain – revised – v2
posted February 13, 2004
written August 13, 2000 1:53am
Alone in the Rain – revised
Written 6/18/2000
Alone in the Rain
same day as “Dew in the Morning”
“Ten Feet Overhead”

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