Evening Adagio by Art Elser

Last night, half an hour after sunset,
my dog barked me into the yard to play.
I looked up to see if bats were flying yet.

A few fluttered by in ones and twos.
I watched for a bit before I recognized
the loveliness of the evening light.

The sky shimmered, the luminescent sheen
of blue silk surrounding a Madonna’s face,
wrapping her in a vibrant, holy light.

The sky held for a few moments, then
faded into a duller, sadder blue, finally
eclipsed by the gray of coming night.

I was reminded that beauty and sadness
are intertwined. Beauty awakens the soul
with wonder, but sadness must follow.

For the soul cannot bear for long
beauty’s exquisite flood of joy.

Categories: Issue 1 - Fall 2011, Periodicals, Poetry | Leave a comment

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