In Tune with the Night

The setting sun

falls from the western sky

a globe of luminescent light

All things turn bright & golden

the air the fragrance the sounds

We are transfixed by the evening 

speechless yet not without words

Of course  I say the wrong thing

and you’re gone in another snit

So alone I watch a star rise

evening turn dusk


Even concrete & steel

transform in an evening light

and glass returns glory for glory

The lilac scented air hangs now

an intoxicating cloud lit by the heat

in search of some wrist or nape to kiss

And off shore the platinum Sound

flows silently Its tide far out on

the glistening emerald stones

Two pink fishing boats troll

toward the Island


In the soft twilight

even souls turn homeward

the weight of the insignificant

slipping from the spirit’s shoulders

like a robe grown heavy by the day

In the lengthening shadows we too

stand here bare of all pretension

beautiful even in all our flaws

hearts hungry for a harmony

so close it virtually hums

in tune with the night


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to In Tune with the Night

  1. SalvaVenia says:

    Even souls turn homeward. – Thoughtworthy idea …


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