Monday, October 3, 2016

Of Bulbs and Stars: A Haibun

Fall is my favorite time of the year, particularly the most enjoyable for walking the city.  My favorite time to explore is early evening...it's light when I walk into the city, and darkly mysterious against the streetlights as I meander my way home against the backdrop of bulbs and stars.

Here is that moment, captured in the words of a Haibun.





Early evening turns the city into a universe of streetlights.  The smoky alcove of each lamp showcases a cast of shadows, playwright directing light.  Inside the crystalline void of a lone bulb, a firefly beats his wings into the wire.  He spins, an ethereal glow against the first wink of the moons edged smile.  Translucent as a wood nymph, I am but foot-stepped bone matter amongst the backdrop of bulb and star.

For a moment I dance into the light
infrared as a still-life photo
as I walk into the infinity
of a brick-and-mortar horizon.


Written for the Monday Haibun prompt at dVerse.

17 comments:

  1. I like the play of shadows and you slipping sideways through the reality of artificial lights overlaid on vibrant creatures of the night sky.

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  2. I love the universe of streetlights and the cast of shadows, a playwright directing light ~ A creative approach Stacy in exploring the city at night ~

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  3. Lovely haibun Stacy, enjoyed your response...

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  4. This is just stunning:
    "I am but foot-stepped bone matter amongst the backdrop of bulb and star."

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  5. What a wonderful place a city at night can be... The presence and almost anticipated nightlife is sensed in your words,

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  6. I sense you are drawn to the light against the backdrop of the dark in the city...a human moth perhaps? ;)

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  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ❤️❤️

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  8. I love this: "an ethereal glow against the first wink of the moons edged smile"

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  9. A great opening sentence puts me straight into the scene - I'm there with you under the streetlights. I love the lines: 'Inside the crystalline void of a lone bulb, a firefly beats his wings into the wire. He spins, an ethereal glow against the first wink of the moons edged smile.' And those final two lines are superb:
    '...I walk into the infinity
    of a brick-and-mortar horizon.'

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  10. Strong & well-written Haiban--though your haiku form is a bit new to me. Your words are smithed to the max; ´excellent rhythms & dazzling imagery.

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    1. i didn't use haiku at the end.
      just a smaller poem.
      :)

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  11. Good grief !!! Take me home :-)
    ZQ

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  12. Gayle Walters RoseOctober 4, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I love this closing line: "Translucent as a wood nymph, I am but foot-stepped bone matter amongst the backdrop of bulb and star." I've never lived close enough to a city to explore it at night but it seems like an inviting exploration.
    Gayle ~

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  13. Love the perspective in the last line of your prose.

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  14. The smoky alcove of each lamp showcases a
    cast of shadows, playwright directing light.

    That is exactly how it is in the early hours of evening anticipating a boisterous night of the fun crowd. Rightly so Stacy!

    Hank

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  15. I like your take on this piece. I too find the sky during the evening most beautiful.

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