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Starless Interlude

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 24, 2013

Starless Interlude

By Annie Atkin Tanner

There is an hour between the close of day,
And the coming in of night,
When twilight drapes the granite folds of mountainsides,
The darkening blue of sea and sky,
The edge of desert loneliness,
With a strange, translucent beauty.

This is a time for quiet meditation,
When tired day welcomes in the tranquil evening time,
The gentle call of drowsy, nesting birds
The sighing sound of wind in willow trees,
The mist-grey velvet of the changing dusk.

In this hour of starless interlude,
We seek for understanding and compassion,
For those who sometimes walk alone;
We ask for courage to meet the problems of each day,
For faith and hope and peace in all the world.
In the twilight hour, we humbly pray.

(1962)



7 Comments »

  1. Isn’t this period of the day known as the gloaming?

    Comment by Gary Bergera — October 24, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

  2. William Butler Yeats would say so.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 24, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

  3. Enjoyed this poem. Gary and Ardis, your smart references to Yeats might be called ‘gloating’! [wink]

    Comment by David Y. — October 24, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

  4. As long as you are In the Gloaming, it’s only appropriate that you listen to an old ballad (whose tune might be familiar to some of you–the old book said it was the familiar tune).

    I liked the poem too.

    Comment by Mark B. — October 24, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

  5. It’s poetry like this that makes me long for the good ol’ days ’cause things were simpler then. When TV wasn’t on during the gloaming and when I didn’t have three jobs to pay for all the repairs on our modern conveniences.

    Comment by Carol — October 24, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

  6. Good one, Carol.

    Comment by David Y. — October 24, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  7. And who among us can forget the Homer in the Gloamin’?

    Comment by Left Field — October 25, 2013 @ 6:36 am

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