A Day for Shade

Tucked into a shallow
bowl of shady hills,
a gun-metal grey
saucer of a lake
reflects the silhouette
of a small bird of prey
hunting on wings back-swept,
shadowing skylarks and pipits,
playing tag with cumuli
scudding their own penumbrae.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics – Seeking Some Shade Today? and linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform

Lillian tells us that they have had a number of heat waves in Boston this summer, officially described by meteorologists as at least three consecutive days when temperatures reach or exceed 90° F / 32.2° C. She says that when she was growing up, they used to say you could fry an egg on the sidewalk on days like these. Her dad always said It’s a hundred degrees in the shade! Which got her to thinking about that word, shade and sayings such as:

‘Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?’ Benjamin Franklin

‘He’s a shady character!’

‘Every shade of feeling finds its expression on a face.’

Lillian says that there are shade trees, window shades, shades of color, shades of difference, and shades of improvement. Synonyms include shadow, blackness, coolness, dusk, gloominess, semidarkness, obscurity, cover, and a wonderful word that rolls off the tongue, penumbra! She has also shared one of my favorite all-time songs,’Whiter Shade of Pale’.

Lillian would like us to write a poem that includes the word shade, or a derivation of it. We may add a synonym if we wish…but the poem must include the word shade.

 

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42 thoughts on “A Day for Shade

  1. “Scudding their own penumbrae” .. is that like chasing their own tail? (smile) I grew up with the phrase 100 degrees in the shade too…and spent many a steamy summer afternoon in the shade of an elm tree in our yard reading the books of Zane Grey given me by a cousin!

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  2. This is a really good response to the D’Verse challenge, and adds a ghostly silver to “shade” in birds that are “playing tag with cumuli / scudding their own penumbrae” there in the reflection of a lake.

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