Thursday, December 31, 2009

the eve of the new year

i saw the sun
setting

its rays
flying upwards
in a rose-coloured plume

so i ran
to the edge of the fields
where the last petals of light
kissed the sky


the air was thin and cold
the trees
tall and silent

the fence line
hummed
in the wind


and from
across the fields
i heard
"i promise i'll return"

23 comments:

Dan Gurney said...

Sumptuous sunset photography! Thanks!

Jenny Stevning said...

I will try to pluck a few words out of my head...but really there are no words. Another post that leaves me wordless. Such Beauty! Big Sky!! Be still my heart at the statement "I promise I'll return." So lovely!!!!!

Kathleen said...

Thank you, Steven. I needed to hear these exact words. How did you know?

jinksy said...

That first photo is incredibly beutiful. It has overtones of a Tuner landscape, - but more in focus!

Rachel Fenton said...

What ethereal images - magical.

I hope the new year brings you and your family all the happiness in the world.

acornmoon said...

I have enjoyed discovering your blog in 2009 and look forward to reading more in the New Year, with all good wishes, Valerie.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Steven - thanks for braving the cold and 'running' to capture these beautiful shots. What we bloggers do for each other!!!!

Golden West said...

Steven - thank you for always finding the beauty that surrounds us. All best wishes to you and your family for a new year of health and happiness.

steven said...

hello dan - i live about one hundred metres from the edge of a farmer's field that i like to walk in. the view is superb across a huge pond, some distant woods and then hills. i like to watch sunsets there. the colours are heart-filling, especially at this time of year when colour is reduced to the grey scale. have a lovely last day of this year! steven

steven said...

hello jenny - i heard those words in my head as i took the photographs. i couldn't place the voice so i just listened. have a peaceful last day of this year. steven

steven said...

kathleen there's a quality of serendipity and also synchronicity about this area of the bloggiverse that leaves me breathless at times. i'm not sure what it is but there's something to it. have a lovely last day of this year! steven

steven said...

jinksy thankyou very much . . . i love that the fence line recedes into the woods. the sunset was especially clear in that image. letting more light in! i love light. have a lovely last day of this year. steven

steven said...

rachel thankyou very much. i wish you continued good progress with your writing and of course joy and goodness for you, your family and friends. steven

steven said...

hello valerie! i was so pleased to share the robin christmas cards you sent. they were received with appreciation as they are "english robins" which are quite different to canadian robins. truly they are!! have a lovely new year's eve and continued success and happiness in the coming year. steven

steven said...

bonnie it's such a pleasure to prepare these posts, regardless of the "cost" isn't it!!! i love assembling the pictures and words to express what i know or am learning or intuit. that others also enjoy them is a wonder to me!! have a peaceful and joyful new year's eve. steven

hope said...

Beautiful photos [as always] and yet what stuck with me was the fence line humming...I could actually hear it. Such an oddly musical sound, like no other.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2010!

ellen abbott said...

The end is the beginning.

willow said...

Kiss your sky for me.

Warmest, woolly wishes for a wonderful 2010, to you and yours, Steven~! xx

steven said...

hello hope - yes it hums!! the first time i heard a fence line hum was when i worked on a ranch in kansas. it's very subtle but once you've heard it you always hear it afterwards. thankyou for your kind wishes. i wish a lovely and prosperous new year for you hope! steven

steven said...

hello ellen - i agree. i think that an ending opens an infinitude of beginnings! i wish you a joyous and creative new year. steven

steven said...

willow thankyou and i shall!!! a joyous, warm and lovely new year to you at the manor. steven

steven said...

hello golden west! it's a real pleasure - truly it is!!! have a lovely new year's eve and a joyous, fruitful new year. steven

Pauline said...

And so the great wheel turns... beautiful photos and words. Happy New Year!