“Autumn Dusk”


(Oil painting, Jane Kohut-Bartels, 2003, “Pastoral” (after Constable)

(Morgan at  http://booknvolume.com has posted an interview of Madame Gormosy of Devil’s Revenge fame on her blog website.)


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, 2010-2016  (‘Autumn Dusk’ originally published in “White Cranes of Heaven”, Lulu.com, 2011)


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23 Responses to ““Autumn Dusk””

  1. Morgan Says:

    Lovely 🙂


  2. Cyress Says:

    Holy cats. The last five lines! Wow.


  3. Brian Says:

    I love Sandhill Cranes. We have a resident population where we live.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    So much to like in this poem, I see references to art in the pale blue watery eyes, and is there the maybe one of the frogs that will jump in the old pond as well. The painting is a wonderful match.


  5. kim881 Says:

    Oh, this is lovely. You’ve written in Autumn shades. I love those lines:
    ‘A late flock of Sandhill cranes lift off,
    Pale bodies blending in the
    Twilight with legs
    Flowing dark streamers,’


  6. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kim…I”ll be over tomorrow!

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  8. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! I haven’t heard “Holy Cats” in a long time.


  9. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Bjorn.


  10. Dr. Crystal Howe Says:

    Beautiful imagery of cranes, a painting with words!


  11. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you! plus a painting with messy paint.


  12. Grace Says:

    the rising of the corn moon. beautiful painting and words Jane ~


  13. ladynyo Says:

    Thanks Grace. I;’ll be over tomorrow.


  14. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar Says:

    “Shade of an old man’s watery eyes” what a gorgeous description of the sky!


  15. Susan Anderson Says:

    Amazing how you made me hear those cranes somehow. The frogs, too.


  16. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you. I always hear the cranes before I see them.


  17. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Margaret. It can seem that in the Fall.


  18. phoartetry Says:

    Quite wonderful Jane, both your autumnal poem and painting.

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  19. ladynyo Says:

    Hiya, Sweetie! Thank you!… well, that oil painting was around 2003, and by 1995, I had switched to watercolor. So…going back to oil was really awkward. I had forgotten all oil technique…it took me a while to figure it out….as you know, and you are a fantastic painter….it’s the complete opposite of watercolor. LOL!
    Thank you, Connie, for reading and your wonderful comment. I’ll be over tomorrow…this has been a shit day where my car broke down in heavy traffic and I almost got run over. Yikes!

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  20. phoartetry Says:

    wishing you better days

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Kay Says:

    Stunning imagery and the painting is gorgeous, too. What a beautiful pairing. 💜


  22. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you! the painting came before the poetry, but so it goes. I’ve been a painter for decades….and now? I’m trying to get back to it…but haven’t any walls left for more. LOL! Poetry is new for me.

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  23. Kay Says:

    You are blessed at both. Can’t wait to read more!


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