Somewhere nearby

—by some happenstance
or, dare I say, the hands of God,
limbs and leaves sway before cornflower
clouds and a maize-shaded moon.

And, for just a moment,
they all perfectly align.
The scene opens
as crickets drone persistently

into the quiet night.
Between every long, lengthy drawl,
even the cricket must pause
to take rest.

Somewhere nearby in the black woods
the barred owl glides—the same one that
came swooping down before me
earlier as I ran

along the edge of the lake—
her majestic wings spread,
subtle as a sail in soft winds and
silent as a shadow.

And that pudgy toad, who I met some months ago,
is still hopping in the weeds
far up the road.

Somewhere nearby,
towering above the great standing stones
of the metropolises,
above the lighthouses

that crowd distant shores,
above jagged, jutting peaks
and silver soaring jets,
beyond the barred owl and the toad,

behind drifting clouds
and limbs and leaves,
set upon the dark, dappled sky,
the old moon stands robed in light.

40 thoughts on “Somewhere nearby”

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  2. Dodot Jethrow says:

    Been transported inside the poem. I could see while I walk through it and feel the wind and the sound of the distant shores. Great read. Thanks for sharing.

    1. John Foster says:

      Excellent! What a true delight to hear. Thank you for reading and for the feedback; I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  3. mechristandchronicdisease says:

    Your words paint such clear pictures that it feels as if i was right with you hearing, seeing all that you describe.

    1. John Foster says:

      Glad to bring you along. Thank you for your comments and feedback, I appreciate it very much.

  4. OldenGray says:

    What a wonderful journey which you set into motion. So much color in your words that bring the topic into full Technicolor. Beautifully performed!

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you very much, I appreciate your words.

  5. Meredith says:

    Words, words put together so masterfully.

    1. John Foster says:

      That’s very kind of you to say, thanks.

  6. xxnewfoundwonderxx says:

    First off, thankyou for the follow:) Secondly, I especially enjoyed, “set upon the dark, dappled sky,
    the old moon stands robed in light” Very original line and very nice read:)

    1. John Foster says:

      Glad to follow your blog! I’m glad those lines stood out to you. Thanks for your comment!

  7. Bob The Wordless says:

    Now, that’s poetry. If only I could write so beautifully as that. Superb. Thank you.

    1. John Foster says:

      A very generous and kind comment, thank you very much. Don’t be so harsh on yourself, you are capable of incredible things. Find your strengths and capitalize on them.

  8. vinkieleuvennink says:

    the old moon stands robed in light
    – beautiful line

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  9. edgarone2 says:

    Very nice. Vivid imagery.

  10. Janhavi says:

    Your magical words transported me to another world altogether! So lovely! Thank you for the treat to the senses!

    1. John Foster says:

      I’m very glad you enjoyed the poem, thank you for your feedback.

  11. krysiakorsak says:

    Sheer delight, perfection. Another very beautiful poem with such vivid and descriptive imagery. Thank you once again.

    1. John Foster says:

      And thank you once again for your great support and encouraging comment. I truly appreciate it.

  12. kukupassion says:

    brilliant! You take us with you on a journey of vivid images. thanks for sharing this

  13. Vice says:

    Really lovely imagery, pleasure to read

    1. John Foster says:

      Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Beautifully and eloquently written.

  15. bjsscribbles says:

    I really enjoyed the colourful imagery you set out in the poem . Beautiful

  16. C.C. says:

    This is so full of such rich imagery. Very beautifully written. I especially love, “the old moon stands robed in light.”

    1. John Foster says:

      Thank you very much, I’m glad there was a line that you connected with.

  17. Colly says:

    Double sigh as the first one’s spelled wrong :)

  18. Colly says:

    What an awesome read – sign :)

    1. John Foster says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

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