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 Forest Light

A poem by Sarah White

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Photo © Sarah White 2008

 

Thin silken light

falling through leaves like cobweb strands

 

Sharp piercing light

slicing the gloom onto bracken fronds

 

Soft blanket light

bathes slumbering grassy glade

where butterfly on last of season flight

disturbs the spot where dreams were made

 

Clear reflected light

turn trees topsy-turvy in woodland pond and puddles

 

Delicate dappled light

from birch and hornbeam canopy

makes mosaics on fallen leaves and footstep muddles

 

Welcome diffused light

invades dark corridors of still dense foliage.

 

Warm soothing light

draws sensuous scent from poplar grove,

a subtle perfume in any age.

 

Opaque watery light

of foggy noon and dripping, dewy dawn

 

Golden glowing light

gleaming on egg yolk yellow field maple and rusty hawthorn

 

Bright white light,

full frontal,

low level,

dazzling,

blinding.

 

October sun, itís magic.

 

  © Sarah White 2008.