Thursday, September 28, 2006

Morning light

the sun this morning
crept along the street
in quiet brilliance
felt its way early
under the leaves that
arc up the tree trunks

it lit them a glowing yellow
then slowly it lit the copper tips
of the dusky purple leaves
and last the leaves that rage
broad and orange
before the light

it caught the glossy glare of a white pickup
plastered with political signs
and the elegant scrawl of arabic script
it rippled over the ruffling fur and
enthusiastic tongue of a dog hanging out
the back window of a passing car

the sun this morning
called up the birds to sing
and buttered the pavement
with its soft heat and for just
a moment it flashed across
the darkness in me

Click on photos to view larger versions, more interesting that way


Blogger Pat Paulk said...

The Sun in your world was a busy fellow this morning. Love how it ruffled over the fur and tongue of the dog. How it "buttered" the pavement. Pulled those straight from the metaphor treasury!! Love the long shadowy legs!!

9/28/2006 10:56 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I love the sun buttering the pavement-a truly delicious poem

9/28/2006 11:56 AM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

This is glorious work mb. Not only does your poetry continue to capture the grace of your vision, but your photographs have become a synthesis between the dark and the light thar continues to evoke your being. Absolutely sublime!

9/28/2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

this one made my heart smile!

9/28/2006 12:23 PM  
Blogger alan said...

"...buttered the pavement
with its soft heat..."

as you warm my soul with your words!


9/28/2006 12:35 PM  
Blogger Dale said...


9/28/2006 1:09 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

May the light continue to shine for you, MB.

... and the photos are stunning.

9/28/2006 1:30 PM  
Blogger Pecos Blue said...

very beautiful. the light is really incredible in those photos.

9/28/2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Pat, thank you! I loved the light of that moment, too.

Sue, I'm so glad you found it delicious!

Dan, thanks for commenting, it's good to hear from you. As usual, your insight is perceptive. I am still working toward a synthesis of the light and the "lucky dark" (John of the Cross as quoted by Tarrant), hoping to feel them balanced together. Thank you, my dear friend.

Michelle, and that makes me smile. Thanks.

Alan, I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you.

Dale, much appreciated.

Mary, thank you for your good wish and kind words.

9/28/2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Pecos blue, thanks for visiting. You have some remarkable photos yourself. Loved the mother and baby bats shot!

9/28/2006 3:07 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

An auspicious beginning to another blogyear, MB, and a wonderful tribute to the rising sun.

9/28/2006 4:08 PM  
Anonymous **silvermOOn** GEL said...

A glowing poem that shines right through my screen
liked "elegant scrawl" and loved "buttered pavement"

9/28/2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

Oh, the light! The glorious light! How well you've captured it.

9/28/2006 10:38 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

gorgeous images with wordss that paint the sun. all delicious. :)

9/29/2006 1:35 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

"with its soft heat and for just
a moment it flashed across
the darkness in me"

That speaks volumes.

9/29/2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Pauline, thanks for your vote of confidence!

Silvermoon, nice to see you here. Thanks for your kind words.

Patry, I haven't captured it at all! But I seek it always and hope to see it again.

Sky, I'm pleased you enjoyed the iamges and words.

Corey, thanks for hearing.

9/29/2006 11:01 AM  
Blogger polona said...

lovely light, lovely words (with a touch of shadow for contrast)!

9/29/2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I, too, like how the sunlight "buttered the pavement." A fantastic and tactile image. Really lovely. I took a long-shadow self-portrait the other day. I loved stretching out on the earth like that.

9/29/2006 4:14 PM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

I love morning light.

And that tree...

And the lit-shadow words...

A bit too tired to add anything other than "thanks."

9/29/2006 8:46 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

4 photos superbes !
J'en adore la lumière , l'âme .

9/30/2006 4:28 AM  
Blogger Wenda said...


10/01/2006 1:07 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Polona, the shadow allows us to see the light.

Robin, I enjoyed your comment.

Lori... thanks. ;-)

Jean, merci beaucoups! Vous etes genereux avec vos mots.

Wenda, I'm pleased you enjoyed this!

10/03/2006 3:07 PM  

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