Notes from the Waxhaws

The subtlety of night

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My sole task this cool evening is to  be fully present. I’ve always had a fondness for that time of day that falls between the setting of the sun below the horizon…and the inky darkness of the night. The gloaming…with a rich, deep violet-blue sky that verges on blackness. Now…it seems a poignant reminder of  the crepuscular nature of life itself.

So I sit quietly…and listen attentively to the gentle sounds of the gloaming. An antiphonal song of whip-poor-wills…moving in and around a point of syncopation…against a steady, slightly modulated droning of frogs. Occasionally, the hoots of a barred owl provide soulful punctuation as the hard edges of the day fade and slip into the welcoming softness…into the subtlety of night.

Written by Jim

April 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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