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Sounds at Sunset

HAIKU

Sleepy birds singing

       muted bedtime lullabies

              as the sun goes down

3/18/90 Phyllis VanVleck

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 NIGHT’S BLESSING

 

 

At the end of the day

            When the sun’s last ray

                        Is just a sliver of light

Darkness starts to descend

            To signal day’s end

                        And the earth nods into night

 

Day’s fragrance is rent

            By night’s earthly scent

                        Daylight beds down with a yawn

As dusk takes away

            The heat of the day

                        The curtain of night is drawn

 

Heaven’s jewels wink down

            From their heavenly crown

                        The landscape’s kissed by the moon

While the frogs and bugs

            On their lily pad rugs

                        Compose a melodious tune

 

Fireflies wing by

            As the breeze gives a sigh

                        Birds settle down for the night

While an owl in a tree

            Winks flirtatiously

                        Then spreads his wings in flight

 

A cloud in the sky

            Drifts lazily by

                        And then it shadows the moon

That strange mournful plea

            Near a lakeside tree

                        Is just the call of a loon

 

Like strings of wee beads

            On webs in the weeds

                        Dew jewels silken threads

Flowers here and there

            Bow crowns as in prayer

                        Nodding their beautiful heads

  

As night settles down

            She puts on her gown

                        To cloak earth’s sleepy breast

For it’s part of God’s plan

            And a blessing to man

                        That we’re given this time of rest

 

6/23/72        Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

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As the sun sets

EVENING’S BLUSH

 

The fiery orb of daylight

Hurries out of sight,

Kissing clouds with glowing rays

Before it says good night.

 

Excited by their kisses,

The clouds blush pink to red,

Putting on a radiant show

Before they go to bed.

 

Then in a blaze of splendor,

The sun sinks out of sight,

And evening’s velvet curtain

Is drawn for the night.

 

9/8/91 – Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

 

6’th … Indiana NPD 1992

2’nd … Arkansas NPD 1997

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