Night Shirt

Two crickets call
nearly in unison.
Fireflies rise blinking
from the grass.
It’s the new moon
& the summer solstice:
a dark night, but short.
Heat lightning
on the horizon.
The humid air like silk,
like an unwound cocoon:
will we be cool enough
to sleep? Already
I hear the beginning
of a low growl.

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  1. Oh, this was the most wonderful reading experience!

    I thought it was Luisa, clear through to the end, and the sudden change of speaker, in my mind, did wonderful things to an already wonderful poem.


    1. Whee. We’re morphing?


  2. I saw, rather than read, this as an unspooling scroll. Fireflies, then the o’s in “moon” as lights, and ampersand as connect-a-dot flights. The vertical stack of “night”/”lightning”/”horizon” charts dark’s boundary.

    I also loved the scroll lesson, implied q and a. The silk (from where) cocoon, unwound (like sleeping bag): can we sleep? “Unwound” is red with contained hurt. Is a short night more safe? Cue growl.


    1. I *love* this comment. It’s a poem in itself. And this, especially, seems like a (first) line of a poem: “The vertical stack of “night”/”lightning”/”horizon” charts dark’s boundary.”


  3. Thanks, guys. I wasn’t too crazy about this when I posted it — and felt that Luisa’s poem blew it out of the water — but since you like it, I’ll have to re-think my opinion.


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