The day has not yet ended,
we’re not ready for our beds,
and the moon’s already rising
while the sun’s on the horizon,
smudging trees and meadows
into charcoal shadows –
a momentary impasse,
a blur of branches, leaves and grass
until the stars come out to play
and night ink-washes day away.

Kim M. Russell, 21st March 2019

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Artistic Interpretations with Margaret: Vintage Treasures, also linking to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night

68 thoughts on “Smudged

  1. Goodness the descriptions here are absolutely amazing, Kim! ❤️ I love; “while the sun’s on the horizon,
    smudging trees and meadows into charcoal shadows.” 🙂

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  2. I love those rare moments when the sun and moon share the dawn sky. I don’t think it happens at twilight.
    This time of sharing influenced a lot of primitive myths.

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    1. Someone took a painting by Dali and played around with it. I don’t know who it was, I just found it on Pinterest. There are two of them, with different kinds of moon.


      1. Jane, I’m so sorry, I got my images mixed up – the reworked Dali is something else completely, one I used to illustrate a haiku I posted today! This one was from a series of vintage prints in Margaret’s Toads prompt. I don’t know who the artist is. Confused! x


  3. Ah, I was just working on a small poem about the moon meeting the horizon like a white buffalo rising. This fits right in and takes the idea to the next level. I love the smudging and the night ink.

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  4. I’m just getting to reading. 🙂
    Beautiful, Kim! I love your descriptions. I love the smudges and charcoal shadows–and then the stars coming out to play. Delightful!
    (It’s funny we both had charcoal in our poems.)
    I also like the image, and it works perfectly with your poem.

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  5. This is one of the most beautiful descriptions of a sunset that I’ve read. I love the title and the extended “smudge” from daylight to starlight.

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