Apophatic Morning Stillness


In the screen house
Under the trees
Overlooking the lake
An hour before sunrise
How does one describe
A stillness so complete
The tiniest leaf
In motionless silhouette
Against water
Tinged blue, pinkish-peach
Hopeful, tranquil
Stillness, but not silence
A loon’s plaintive call
Hum of car tires on a road
Hidden deep in the hills across the lake
Circular liquid remnant
Far from shore
Unnoticed, unheard
Fish breaking the surface
Time to go into the cabin
Grateful, blessed, a gift

 © 2013 Thomas W. Cummins

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2 Responses to “Apophatic Morning Stillness”

  1. maskednative Says:

    Daybreak is so special, and language is so frustratingly insufficient to describe such moments as this, but in the recollection of sights, sounds and feelings, the soul of it can sometimes be captured.Your post brought it all back to me, thank you Tom.

  2. Thomas Says:

    I wish I had been there. Beautifully written Tom.

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