Smudged

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

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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.

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      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

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  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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