“Autumn Dusk”……


(Oil Painting, Jane Kohut-Bartels, “Dusk” 2008

Autumn is a time of incredible beauty and mystery.  After a long, slow, sullen summer, the air is refreshened by winds and currents from the North and everything seems to change over night.  The windchimes herald this season and their clanging outside brings our attention to changes that startle and excite us. Too short a season by far.

Lady Nyo 


Stuttering winds blow 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


 A harsh, chiding rain.


The trees in the valley

Are massed in darkness

As waning light leaches

Color from nature,

Creeps from field to hillock

And all below prepares 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

From: White Cranes of Heaven, Lulu.com 2011


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3 Responses to ““Autumn Dusk”……”

  1. Caliban's Sister Says:

    Beautiful poem. the intention of night. Shade of an old man’s watery eyes. Perfect.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    thank you, CS! I’m glad you got a chance to read this poem…one of my favorites…

    Love, Jane


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