“Autumn Dusk” #2

Autumn Dusk, oil, Jane Kohut-Bartels, 2006

A stuttering wind blows across

Clouds tinted by the failing sun.

Brittle air softens —

Now a faded blue,

shade of an old man’s watery eyes.

A late flock of Sandhill cranes lift off,

Pale bodies blending in the

Twilight with legs

Flowing dark streamers,

Their celestial cries fall to


Harsh, chiding rain.

The trees in the valley below

Are massed in darkness

As the waning light leaches

The color of nature,

Creeps from field to hillock

And all prepare for the

Rising of the Corn Moon.

Even  frogs in the pond

Listen between croaks

For the intention of the night.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010

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8 Responses to ““Autumn Dusk” #2”

  1. Berowne Says:

    The poem is not meant to be a verbal depiction of the painting, yes? More like the two share a common general theme, is how I take it. You might want to capitalize both words in “Corn Moon”.


  2. Katie Says:

    Loved your vision. The imagery mixes with emotions and the words round on the tongue when spoken aloud. I loved the poem, and your painting.


  3. ladynyo Says:

    Well, I I had the painting and thought it fit….mostly. Common theme, Berowne.

    Corn Moon. Got half of it.

    Thanks for reading, Berowne.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thanks, Katie….I worked on redoing that poem last night just for the verbal stuff…spoken aloud.

    And thank you for reading and leaving a comment. I like the painting, too…and when you paint, as you know….you might as well find something of your own work to illustrate your poems.

    Thanks, again, Katie.


  5. Steve B. Says:

    I WANT the painting….and I know where it lives….


  6. ladynyo Says:

    LOL!….well, you will have to get by 5 dogs for it…but then again, they know you.

    Sparky will point a thief to the silver.

    Lady Nyo


  7. Margie Says:

    The painting is truly beautiful, and is a lovely illustration to the poem. Enjoyed them both!


  8. ladynyo Says:

    I think that Berowne is right…it’s more a late summer dusk…but what the hell. It was something of an illustration to the poem!

    Thank you, Margie. That was one of the last oils I painted….I went over to watercolors and seemed immediately to lose all my abilities in oils….it’s the total reverse and there is little to bring over. Such a different medium between them.

    And thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

    Love and Hugs!


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