rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,
rejectomorph
flying_blind

Decline

Clouds, absent a while, have made a return the last couple of days. Saturday there were strands of cirrus like white celestial beaches clinging to concealed reefs. All night they thickened and by Sunday morning had formed an almost complete overcast, admitting only a few patches of blue eastward above the Sierra. Though they later thinned again, all afternoon there were shaded hours while vast swaths of gray drifted overhead. Evening stretched them to breaking and, once the sun had set, I saw the crescent moon white amid swaths of fading pink.

The dark objects of the world, those most reluctant to surrender light, then (as always) became the first to recede, and I sat gazing at the pale and moonlit oleander blossoms hovering where the deep green foliage had vanished moments earlier. Night had fallen well before nine o'clock, and the town's children went silent, all their games brought to an end. The waning days of August bring a touch of melancholy to the dusk. No songs the insects chant can lessen my restlessness. I wish the clouds had brought a summer rain.



Sunday Verse


The Great Western Plains


by Hart Crane


The little voices of the prairie dogs
Are tireless . . .
They will give three hurrahs
Alike to stage, equestrian, and Pullman,
And all unstingingly as to the moon.

And Fifi's bows and poodle ease
Whirl by them centred on the lap
Of Lottie Honeydew, movie queen,
Toward lawyers and Nevada.

And how much more they cannot see!
Alas, there is so little time,
The world moves by so fast these days!
Burrowing in silk is not their way—
And yet they know the tomahawk.

Indeed, old memories come back to life;
Pathetic yelps have sometimes greeted
Noses pressed against the glass.
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