July 27th, 2008

caillebotte_man at his window


Now are the moments when the air stills and last light, filtered by the woods westward, streaks the facade. The back yard is already in shade, only the treetops gleaming. The bees have departed and, where fresh green shoots of grass break the brown lawn, the finches have left off pecking and gone to their nests. A pair of woodpeckers make their evening calls from distant trees, and a single crow passes silently. All afternoon warm southerly breezes sounded in the leaves, but now the empty sky is silent.

Full night will bring cooler breezes from the north and the rustling leaves and humming pine needles will accompany the chirping of the woken crickets, and perhaps I'll hear the rushing of stronger winds from the canyon, but this scant hour of declining summer day is all repose. The cats will arrive soon, looking for their evening handout. They may already be watching me through the fence slats, waiting for me to quit the porch where they will find the bowls of food and water. They will bring with them a tranquility equal to the evening's.

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