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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Dusk

    is music tonight — it loiters
in long shadows, its notes dim the street, 

star the sky — even the mockingbird’s call 
is all melancholy.

I stand outside the kitchen in a wistful disposition 
too — it’s the death of a day, after all.

Yet, while time takes its time to steal the light, 
another music stirs, as if memory’s notes 

had escaped their staff, & the past came to sing 
beside me of its ordinary moments — slight & lit, 

painless & tender. Brief blessings. So I slide 
my hands deep into my apron pocket, listen 

for a long while to what is now a melody
in a minor key, & welcome it in for the night.
I’m getting good at listening.
I’m getting good at this.


Copyright 2022 Laure-Anne Bosselaar. First published in Pedestal, issue 89 

Laure-Anne Bosselaar's many books include These Many Rooms published by 
Four Way Books.  

8 comments on “Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Dusk

  1. Marjorie DeLuca
    July 9, 2022

    Yes, Laure-Anne, you are getting spectacular at this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    July 6, 2022

    Love it

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lisa Zimmerman
    July 6, 2022

    This poem is like a deep sigh–
    “slight & lit, painless & tender”–Beautiful in its attention to “Brief blessings” ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Sean Sexton
    July 6, 2022

    You never fail to write a poem to live with and by.

    Liked by 2 people

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