“Autumn Dusk”


Painting: Watercolor, Jane Kohut-Bartels, “Resting Geese” , 2005

 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

An email from Jingle Nozelar Yan (JP at Olive Grove ):

“when you post on word press or blogger, you do not have to pay or ask permission in person. which is what we count for.”

Every poet and poet group I frequent would find that surprising.  There are Copyright Laws in the US, Jingle. Even in China. But bless your little  heart.

Please  don’t read my work on her site. If you care about literature, you will go to the original source and bypass Jingle Bells.

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15 Responses to ““Autumn Dusk””

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    Didn’t I read this poem once before? I do remember those watery eyes… now my attention falls on the last three lines with the frogs listening to the intention of the night,


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Bjorn. Glad it meets your approval. And it’s “frogs listening for the intention of the night”. Makes a difference.


  3. Sherry Marr Says:

    Oh this is beautiful. Must be wonderful to see the cranes lifting……..here, we have herons. And swans. Also lovely. I like the reference to the Corn Moon.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Sherry! It’s so good to get a comment from you because for one, you are so positive! You warm my heart.
    LOL! Those Sandhill Cranes steal goldfish from nurseries and they have to cover the ponds with mesh. They are sneaky thieves, but beautiful. I wish we had swans and we got herons but only on the coast.

    The Corn Moon. Thank you. That was a chance reference. YOu know, when you are writing you are sometimes in an altered state of mind and images come floating in that you don’t really understand!

    Thank you, again, dear friend.


  5. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    This capture the mood of autumn perfectly.


  6. whippetwisdom Says:

    A beautiful poem Jane and I love those frogs listening for the intention of the night :o)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you! One of my favorites. Although it has a bit of age on it. Thank you for reading and your encouraging comment.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kerry. Now if only Autumn here in the South would do the same. It’s hot and dry and October is supposed to be the driest month of the year Sigh.


  9. whippetwisdom Says:

    You are very welcome :o)

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Stacie Eirich Says:

    Your poem has such lovely colors & sounds — Autumn is by far the most beautiful season I think, for poets to capture. You have done so, beautifully. Thanks for sharing.


  11. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Stacie! I love autumn the best…but I also like winter because it is a blank canvas. For some reason, I write my best in the winter. Maybe because the only heat we have is a wood burning stove. But it works. thank you again.

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  12. ZQ Says:

    Very nice.
    …and yes, wood stove smoke is incense to winter 🙂


  13. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, ZQ. It is when the stove doesn’t back up. LOL!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Marian Says:

    Oh yes… this is very lovely and evocative.


  15. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Marian! Appreciate your reading and comment.


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