Monday, February 05, 2007


the tiny stars shiver
among the dark curtains
of night, blue lights flickering
in silent overture for
the listening mind

across the broad scrim of
deep sky the moon rolls
yet again in its comfortable rotation,
a graceful dance, tracing
staves for a canon of light

Click on the photo for a larger version.


Blogger charlie said...

Oh, mb, i just love the word 'scrim' and wish i could have heard an overture last night instead of this whining puppy :o)

2/05/2007 11:51 AM  
Blogger polona said...

wow! great show!

2/05/2007 2:30 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Night Music. Just a graceful symphony of words.

2/05/2007 2:34 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Between words and picture, a graceful dance. Well done, MB. That gorgeous blue!

2/05/2007 3:11 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

exquisite photo! and stunningly beautiful words. ah! thank you so much!

2/05/2007 5:54 PM  
Anonymous tongue in cheek said...

I love coming to your theater!

2/05/2007 10:41 PM  
Blogger floots said...

great stuff
especially that final phrase

2/06/2007 12:29 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

I stayed awake for hours watching the clouds and the moon...
your words have captured and shared again with us that music of the night

2/06/2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Mozart would be proud!!! Absolutely beautiful!!

2/06/2007 6:15 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

That magic hour. The color of the sky, and the music that you hear. I think of the line from Kate Wolf's These Times We're Living In,
My footsteps tracing out a tune, my heart sings silently.

2/06/2007 8:00 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

the poet's vision of the heavens brings us music, dance and flickering light. beautiful poem, mb! and, the fra angelico blue of this sky compels me to stare and then study this image.

2/06/2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger rdl said...

nice!! and unbelievable pics too!!

2/06/2007 10:56 AM  
Blogger ruth said...

does this have anything to do with a certain cellist playing beethoven? mmmmmmmm. don't know what's more delicious.

2/06/2007 11:12 AM  
Blogger Leslee said...

You're right, the sky never ceases to amaze and inspire. Capturing that experience, on the other hand, isn't so easy. This one does, very nicely.

2/06/2007 6:26 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

Beautiful images--
I love the "canon of light"...

2/06/2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

That is a beautiful picture. And I love your words following it.

2/07/2007 6:16 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

scrim is a great word! do you take your own photos?

2/07/2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Charlie, a whining puppy is cacophonic music of its own sort, I suppose. Think of it as avant garde jazz?

Polona, thanks.

Mermaid, a symphony of light.

Pauline, yes I love that blue.

Snowsparkle, thank you.

Corey, and I love having you here!

Floots, much appreciated.

Endment, your recent moon post was stunning.

Pat, thanks so much.

Robin Andrea, Kate sang her own kind of music, her own kind of beauty.

Sky, who better to understand the sky's blue than it's namesake?

rdl, I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Ruth, the poem was written the day before the concert, but I certainly enjoyed the night music of the cello. Thanks!

Leslee, and it's never the same!

Firebird, I love seeing and hearing the canon of light.

Gautami, thank you.

Pod, the photos here are taken by me, unless otherwise credited. So most of them are mine, yes.

2/09/2007 8:08 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

I am most impressed by the way the small space the photo takes up on the surface of your blog seems to unfold, like magic origami, into something as vast and spacious as the entire sky, pulling me along with it.

You do have a gift for the energized, open space...

And am also loving the contrast (for me) of the close-up, intimate voice of the poem and the rippling open carpet of twilight sky.

2/10/2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger trinitystar said...

in silent overture for
the listening mind

absolutely beautiful words :o)

2/10/2007 4:50 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Lori and Trinitystar, I somehow missed your comments earlier. Perhaps you'll see this reply...

Lori, thank you for such kind words. What a wonderful description — "magic origami" — and it is true that finding the right photos for this blog setting, finding what will look good both small and large, look large when it's small, is a trick!

Trinitystar, you picked up on a phrase that I wasn't entirely sure would work for others but was key for me. Thank you.

2/23/2007 8:51 AM  

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