Thursday, December 11, 2008

Skywatch Friday No. 22

In the Fog

I stared into the valley: it was gone—
wholly submerged! A vast flat sea remained,
gray, with no waves, no beaches; all was one.

And here and there I noticed, when I strained,
the alien clamoring of small, wild voices:
birds that had lost their way in that vain land.

And high above, the skeletons of beeches,
as if suspended, and the reveries
of ruins and of the hermit’s hidden reaches.

And a dog yelped and yelped, as if in fear,
I knew not where nor why. Perhaps he heard
strange footsteps, neither far away nor near—

echoing footsteps, neither slow nor quick,
alternating, eternal. Down I stared,
but I saw nothing, no one, looking back.

The reveries of ruins asked: “Will no
one come?” The skeletons of trees inquired:
“And who are you, forever on the go?”

I may have seen a shadow then, an errant
shadow, bearing a bundle on its head.
I saw—and no more saw, in the same instant.

All I could hear were the uneasy screeches
of the lost birds, the yelping of the stray,
and, on that sea that lacked both waves and beaches,

the footsteps, neither near nor far away.


Ishtar said...

Beautiful sky! And horses beneath it... :-)
Warm greetings from West Africa,

Kallen305 said...

Love the photo with the fog. Great pictures with the horses. Very nice.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Really nice pictures. I don't know why but I like foggy pictures.

babooshka said...

Excellent misty shots and the horse is so pretty.

Anonymous said...

I've always loved horses. They look lovely in front of your skies.

One Red Horse said...

Thank you eveyone for your kind comments. I live in an area that is famous for its fog. I love its mystery and beauty. Thanks for visiting.


Lori Skoog said...

Cherie...I especially love the next to the last photo. Nice post.
Thanks for your generous comments on my journal...I am still out of control!!!! When the battery needs to be recharged for my camera, I am lost.
Don't you just love Esther and her site???

Lori Skoog said...

PS about the beet really makes a difference.
Glad to hear that your horse is gaining weight.