"The Gloaming" by William Howard Brown

September 29, 2016

 

THE GLOAMING

 

Look, day is finished,
night almost come.
 
Dark mountains
crowd the horizon,
 
the sky awash
in a pale half-light,
 
air thick with
the whir of cicadas
 
as birds fold their wings
in silent repose
 
and the mind’s velocity
begins to slow.
 
This, the numinous moment
—sufficient unto itself—
 
separating that which was
from all that is yet to be.

For "The Gloaming," William Howard Brown was selected as first runner-up in the poetry division of the William Faulkner Literary Competition, which is a part of Mississippi's 2016 Tallahatchie RiverFest.

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