Thursday, December 08, 2016

Thursday Poem - Winter Light

It's a milkiness poured from
a great glass bottle,
a carafe of blanc de blanc, iced,
a light shot with pale gold,
opalescent blue,
the distillation of pearl . . . .
In this icy light, the ghostly fronds
of ice ferns cover the glass,
as the sky descends,
erasing first the far blue hills,
the cornfield hatch-marked with stubble,
coming to our street—
the sky flinging itself
down to the ground.
And the earth, like a feather bed,
accumulates layer on layer. . . .
The snow bees are released from their hive,
jive and jitter, sting at the blinds.
Down here, under this glazed china cup,
the minor fracas of our little lives
is still under the falling flakes.
And the great abalone shell of the sky
contains us, bits of muscle, tiny mollusks.
These winter nights
are never black and dense,
but white, starlight
dancing off the land.
And then the luminous dawns,
the pearled skies full of hope
no matter what else we know.

Barbara Crooker

4 comments:

Tabor said...

Such an excellent description.

Barbara R. said...

I had to pause several times, and re-read a phrase or two...which to me speaks of images that words can bring to my awareness...YES!

Mystic Meandering said...

Wonderful photo... Reminds me of those liminal times in Nature, when "The Mystery" reveals her presence, ever so subtly with a play of light and mist... Love it...

christinalfrutiger said...

Beautiful!