Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Night casts its shadow

Castleton, Derbyshire

Night casts its shadow;
green hills washed with grey,
as day’s eyelids
become heavy
with the demands of rest.
Ducks, now silent,
shelter from the blindness
while the constant chatter
is now Peakshole Water,
rushing to the Noe.
Evening prayers rise -
'Be our light in the darkness, O Lord,
 and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this nigh
like incense
and the ghosts of smoke  
from chimneys
as fires burn quietly 
to ash 
in abandoned grates.

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