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morning of the autumnal equinox

September 23, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

morning’s chill crispness —
as the river dreams of rain
a cool palette warms

. . .

the pre-dawn’s cool palette of indigos and blues
blushes and warms into soft rose and gold
dimming the stars till the sun’s first bright glances
set fires in the treetops on the high western hills

as daylight descends down the wide river valley
the mist on the waters begins its retreat
with the same little cat feet it crept in on last evening
hugging the shore in a few shaded coves

an island remains as the fog drifts away
a small rocky outcrop in a wide muddy flat
beached in low water at the end of the summer
awaiting the rains which will float her again

in the morning’s chill crispness

The idea of fog leaving on “little cat feet” is a reference to Carl Sandberg’s famous poem:

The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city
on silent haunches and then moves on.

Update (July 7, 2008) I linked this poem to the readwritepoem blog, where there is a weekly poetry “prompt” inviting people to submit poems on a new theme each week. This week’s theme was light. (You can read other poets’ submissions on the theme at the blog too.)

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  1. nathan1313
    July 8, 2008 at 3:59 am

    I really like the movement of return/departure here and your use of color is lovely.

  2. July 8, 2008 at 6:44 am

    I loved the beginning..

    Wonderful poem.

    piece of charcoal split into splinters

  3. Pam
    July 11, 2008 at 4:46 am

    I like the way that the night remains hidden with the mist in the coves for just a little longer than it does in the hills. Nice writing.

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