Sunlight, Another Shadow


The husks of October insects. Dragonflies. A dog panting in the late heat. An old
man in the sunroom. An odor of figs and mushrooms. Outside, the wind-thrown years of
dust. Inside, the slow sip of memory. And the passing magic of windows and doors.
And always, one more detail . . .
A thrush bursts from the brush beside the goat path.
Smoke at dawn and the lights still marking the pier. The hour of fallen nests, leaves
scuttling along the tiny sand dunes. Brittle thorns of lightning lengthen quickly across the
sky. Weather won’t be kind, but its indifference allows us all we need.

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.