“Autumn Dusk”


My cousin Jan in Colorado asked for some nature poems.  This is one, along with a painting in oils, done around 2009. (Theme from a Constable painting)

Lady Nyo


Autumn Dusk


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, 2010-2015

“Autumn Dusk” was published in “White Cranes of Heaven” (Lulu.com) and “Pitcher of Moon” (Amazon.com) in 2011 and 2014 

4 Responses to ““Autumn Dusk””

  1. “Autumn Dusk” | Lady Nyo's Weblog Says:

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  2. phoartetry Says:

    Honoring the season with a such a lovely poem. And your painting, very beautiful.



  3. Sherry Marr Says:

    I love that “shade of an old man’s watery eyes”. I can so see that colour, have seen it in the sky. Love the cranes, “legs like streamers”…..you paint a beautiful scene.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Sherry….that is what poets do best: paint scenes with words….

    Thank you for reading and your encouraging and insightful comments.



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