How much light in a winter sky

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How much light in a winter sky!
the subtlety of mauve and rust and slate

heavy-bellied clouds floating
like seasoned bathers in a cold sea

each dwindling moment of olive oil light
caught in the wick of a seed of grass

chest-breaching call of the gulls
the lake surface a battered pewter plate

bouncing back the cupped light
medieval in its splendor
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18 thoughts on “How much light in a winter sky

  1. Murtagh's Meadow

    Wow Melissa – you have captured winter light wonderfully. Love those two lines – “heavy-bellied clouds floating – like seasoned bathers in a cold sea” particularly:)

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    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Glad you liked it, Curt. The big blue in the distance is Mt. Greylock in Western Massachusetts.

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    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Kind words! Thank you. Water is wonderful mirror, making us appreciate the light around us even when it seems overcast.

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  2. neverest1

    This poem could easily be crafted into a pantoum. The repeat of the lines would certainly give it a mesmerizing quality which is has already. I would try it that way, why not. Look at the form and you already have more lines than you’ll need prolly?

    good work

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