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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Evening

            Gone. Another day gone. Its chest-

shredding tragedies or frivolous whims equally          

scavenged by dusk. Soon the wind will rest                            

in the messy trellis of my tree.

            But in the west, sudden, the sun’s last blades

slice the dusk & stain the clouds’ vanishing,

so that, for an instant, the whole sky is ablaze

with dying — its own radiant dying —

            then twilight dulls it all.  I’ll gladly give in

to what it will bring: the good book I’ll return to,

the possum’s wobble in the yard, the moon’s thin

curl as it whisps in & out of the marine layer — it too

            eclipsed now by the heavy lids of night.



Copyright 2021 Laure-Anne Bosselaar. First published in Five Points, Vol 20, #3.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of These Many Rooms (Four Way Books, 2019) and served as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara until April 2021.

5 comments on “Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Evening

  1. Susan Berlin
    January 3, 2023

    So much music in these lines. Love it!


    • Vox Populi
      January 4, 2023

      Yes, Laure-Anne is a lyric poet in the original sense of the term. Her poems could easily be set to music.



  2. Barbara Huntington
    December 27, 2021

    Love the possum’s wobble

    Liked by 1 person

  3. David Adès
    December 27, 2021

    This is why I love to read poetry! Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

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