Poetry Friday: Charles Wright -The Evening is Tranquil, and Dawn is a Thousand Miles Away

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Poetry Friday is hosted by Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference

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Long April days – testing season is upon us, and we feel the weight of it.  But, we had a beautiful sunset, and it was good to take an evening walk and notice quiet loveliness everywhere.  And it was good to remember the day, the moments from our classroom, and the Springtime silliness of my sixth graders. Tomorrow is another day…

The Evening is Tranquil, and Dawn is a Thousand Miles Away

by Charles Wright

The mares go down for their evening feed
into the meadow grass.
Two pine trees sway the invisible wind—
some sway, some don’t sway.
The heart of the world lies open, leached and ticking with sunlight
For just a minute or so.
The mares have their heads on the ground,
the trees have their heads on the blue sky.
Two ravens circle and twist.
On the borders of heaven, the river flows clear a bit longer.

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8 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Charles Wright -The Evening is Tranquil, and Dawn is a Thousand Miles Away

  1. He really sets the tone so efficiently. The title gets us started in a meandering, relaxed mood and everything thereafter builds on it. “some sway, some don’t sway,” for instance — it’s all good, in the twilight, sway or don’t sway, it’s up to you.

  2. “The springtime silliness of my sixth graders” needs to have a poem to live in…just sayin’.

    Thank you for the calm moment with Mr. Wright, and I have to admit I spent another good long calm moment with the iris at the doorway in your banner photo. Gorgeous.

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