Photographs and Poetry by Penny Wilkes
NIGHT PLAY While darkness accumulates, she sheds expectations like chameleon lace. A waterwheel of wings rattles her window; the pane rises in the Moonhawk’s beak. She slips inside his coat feathered by scent of cloves, moves behind his eyes. They fly beyond an eyelash of moon until dawn’s pulse sends a bead of honey to her lips. She returns hungry for words.
High Noon House sparrows belly up to the seed bells, hustle places in their maple branch saloon. Peter the blue jay enters with a flap of swinging doors. Sparrows spiral the branches to fetch his rejects. The neighbour’s cat ambles by, hint of holsters on its haunches. Posse of crows circles in the distance, while mourning doves scurry and share their own petticoat politics. Across the yard a white egret surveys the pepper tree.
Penny Wilkes, served as a science editor, travel and nature writer and columnist. An award-winning writer and poet, she has published a collection of short stories, Seven Smooth Stones. Her published poetry collections include: Whispers from the Land, In Spite of War, and Flying Lessons. Her Blog on The Write Life features life skills, creativity, and writing: http://penjaminswriteway.blogspot.com/ . Her photoblog is @: http://feathersandfigments.blogspot.com/
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