Questions of Shadow and Light

Questions of Shadow and Light

Sun above and below, reflections and shadows on the Delaware River

In this time of shadow and light
crow flies from trees with raucous caw–
there are things I think I saw–

when the world is washed fresh and bright
the grass is showered with sparkling drops,
a rainbow orb shimmers and hops

and robins sing to dawn’s delight,
the stars are gone, the moon will set,
but now she hums, and lingers yet

the truth of sun, moon, stars invite
the ifs and whys of death and life
hereafter lived in peace or strife,

questions of time—the infinite
echoes on stardust in our blood
and bones dissolved in ancient mud.

In this time of shadow and light,
when the world is washed fresh and bright
and robins sing to dawn’s delight,
the truth of sun, moon, stars invite
questions of time—the infinite.

A Constanza for dVerse. The first line of each 3-line stanza forms a poem, which is the final stanza. You can read more about the form here.

NaPoWriMo: The Swirling Mist

The mist swirls in before dawn’s light

Spectral shapes with various forms

Bring imagined grey, secret swarms.

 

Yet fog could bring a magic sight–

From lake, a lady with a sword

From hills, a vanished town restored.

 

No fear comes then, instead delight

Ensorcelled, enchanted, amazed

My mind and body in a daze.

 

Too soon, the misty swirls take flight

And I resume the morning’s chores

Opening cupboards, closing doors.

 

Now jonquils dance in sunshine bright

Gone the grey, the fey universe

Remembered only in a verse.

 

NaPoWriMo, Day 14

I wrote a constanza for Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge