Welcome to WEP for August, the prompt, Long Shadow. This past month I've been immersing myself in poetry. I believe poets are the cleverest of writers. The best prose is poetic. So I decided to go with a short entry using stimulus from three poets. You will recognize at least one, I'm sure.
Thoughts on a Dying Evening.
I walked in solitude down to the lake that
fronted my cabin.
Evening shrouded me. The last gleam of sunshine faded on
the hilltops, stabbing long fingers of shadow along the valley.
Sunset’s last leaf of gold glimmered, vanished.
I sat. I watched. I meditated upon the sorrows of
the world, upon the oppression and pain.
People out for their nightly stroll walked by with a harsh bewildered rhythm. There is something in this landscape that dries the speech in your throat.
The solemn coloring of night drew on, the seep
serene of the gumtrees, the long shadows of the mountains thrown across the
grey trunks, dimly visible as they touched the farthest shore, the prancing
The voluptuous smooth hills beckoned and taunted. They have not a care.
I wished for the moon, but she was dark to me, silent,
hidden in her vacant interlunar cave.
I sat until the stars spread smatterings of diamond
dust across the universe. I absorbed the agony without end.
It is time.
I wrenched open the door to my cabin.
Fisted the remote. Flicked on the news.
Same sad story. We can’t go back. We can’t move
The pandemic has cast a long shadow. But unlike
the shadows from the setting sun, this long shadow will not disappear come evening.
Thomas Gray - poet
Craig Powell - poet
Walt Whitman - poet
TWO ADDITIONAL QUOTES:
You can't anticipate history. It's only when you look back you see what the Romans did, and what various other empires did, what the British Empire did. We're now beginning to see the long shadow that it created, so one must be hopeful and say that what's going on in Asia, that what's going on in the Middle East, that all these various areas of conflict, that they will pass and move onto another area. But it would seem that the natural order of things is there is this cyclic behavior of destruction followed by a calm period. Roma Tearne
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