Topography by Sunset

Crepuscular light falls on a grey
lichen-covered rock face,
illuminating a maze
of micro countries,
mapped but uninhabited
to the human eye, until
red turns to pink and purple,
colouring in the outlines,
and they burst into life: a fairy lit
topography by sunset.

Kim M. Russell, 7th September 2019

Image result for lichen on a rock at sunset

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille: Are You Set?

Merril is our host this Monday, inspiring us to write quadrilles around the word ‘set’.

40 thoughts on “Topography by Sunset

    1. Thank you, Sarah. I’m glad I could provide your breath of fresh air. We have sunshine this morning. I just hope it stays like that for the weekend and next week.


  1. I love lichen covered rocks and you have described this to a tee. I always thought they looked like maps as well but not fairy maps. I always pretended they were Alexander’s conquests or British Isles.

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    1. Thank you, Toni, The sleeping gnomes in our garden are covered in lichen now. As I’m writing this, we have a very large, handsome cock pheasant outside the window and he’s making the most amazing noise. I hope the cats don’t chase him.


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