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Then Comes the Night–And You   Leave a comment

Nocturne

Above:  Nocturne (1878), by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/90713302/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-100648

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When Winter’s dark’ning sky

Draws twilight to its close,

When lights glow soft and warm,

And shadows round us lie;

When fires burn bright and true,

And all within is cheer;

While joy and love await,

Then comes the night–and you.

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When birds their springtime call

Send trilling through the air;

When Spring’s first flowers bloom,

And shadows gently fall;

When stars, set in the blue,

Shine softly up above;

When breezes gently blow,

Then comes the night–and you.

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When Summer days are long,

And daylight slowly fades,

When lights first burn at dusk,

And every bird’s in song;

When sunset’s crimson hue

Is swiftly turned to gold;

When shines the moon above,

Then comes the night–and you!

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

JULY 22, 1932 COMMON ERA

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Swollen River III: One Week Later   4 comments

The Middle Oconee River,

down from last week

yet still higher than usual,

cascades  over large rocks

as other rocks lay exposed to the afternoon sun

and others from the river slightly peek

out.  Turtles sun themselves

on rocks exposed

and those

with just a thin veneer of water

to cover them.

Birds occupy the river also,

not going to and fro.

I wonder if the birds and turtles

are having fun.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 14, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Swollen River II   4 comments

The river, swollen further by more rain,

has invaded and occupied Ben Burton Park,

inundating low-lying areas,

surrounding three picnic tables and a bench,

and watering trees,

once by the water,

now in it, copiously,

and roaring over rocks in its standard bed.

I notice birds perching above the opposite bank

and flying over the river.

The rocks on which turtles have sunned themselves

are submerged; where the turtles are now

I cannot ascertain.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

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An Afternoon Walk   Leave a comment

Two turtles sunned themselves

on rocks in the mildly swollen Middle Oconee River;

one returned to the water.

Nearby two large white birds stood on other rocks

and I noticed that a tree had fallen from the opposite bank,

becoming a bridge to a small island.

The cool breeze blew,

the sun shone,

and water cascaded over rocks.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 21, 2013 COMMON ERA