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March 26, 2008

Nighttime Series

Shades of Night

I: Cornflower

Flat cornflower sky at the edge of dusk
the buildings, telephone towers, trees, and traffic
pressed hard against it, only their overlap
providing perspective. Behind a light
winks out and shadow deepens--the shadows
on the ground and pressed against the sky.


They took it out of the spectrum
because no one could quite say what
it was. They had stopped watching
nightfall, when cornflower
mixes with star black
until neither blue, nor black, nor
purple, nor any other color
but indigo rings the world with purpose
before starlight shatters it.

[cayo hueso]

First two of what I hope will be a subsequence in the larger work.

Posted by Steven Riddle at March 26, 2008 7:34 PM

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