Thursday 7 July 2011

Evening Sky

I'm looking out of the window of our third floor flat. The windowsill is green and sweet scented with coriander and basil plants and a crooked cactus with the remains of some flowers hanging off it.

It's very warm, even though it's late in the evening and the windows are open.

The sky is hazy evening blue with wispy clouds above the tenements, chimneys, roofs and tv aerials. Seven swifts fly low above the old school building. Two of them fly on over our roof and out of sight, screaming as they go. A herring gull flies past.

There's the sound of traffic from the nearby main road and a loud conversation going on outside the restaurant on the corner.

Three gulls fly past, calling loudly - one of them lands on a chimney and shuffles around for a bit before taking off again. Suddenly there's a lot of gulls calling.

A group of ten swifts chase each other across the sky, but they're harder to see now in the fading light.

Written on Monday evening for It's all Around You for 26n

I've had a few poems published recently, you can read them by following the links below:

Dreamscape and Deepest, Darkest on Pygmy Giant

Abstract on The Camel Saloon

I've also posted a poem Strangers on Over Forty Shades

and if you're in London on 31 July you can have the opportunity to eat one of my haiku in cupcake format, thanks to the ever delicious Poetry Digest.

As ever, red text contains hyperlinks that take you to other webpages where you can find out more.


Hannah Stephenson said...

Congrats on those lovely publications!

HKatz said...

Lovely descriptions and congratulations on getting more of your poetry published.

I've also enjoyed reading your posts from the Isle of Arran. I was there in 2005, as part of a short trip to Scotland, and it was beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Onwards and upwards! I do like the sound of those poems on a cupcake - hahahaha. I thought it never got warm in Scotland (though your warm may not be my warm :) )

RG said...

Could just envision what was going on around ...

a Poetry Eating contest! That will get their attention!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

I loved picturing what you were looking at out your window, such a lovely description.
Congratulations on your published work.

Happy weekend

EG CameraGirl said...

I feel like I was there with you on the warm evening, window open wide. Very nice writing!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks Hannah, DraffinBears, EG Wow!

HKatz - thanks, yes Arran is wonderful isn't it?

gabrielle - thanks, yes our warm is probably not your warm and I needed to redefine my concept of warm back to Scottish warm after living in Malawi for 2 years

Rabbits' Guy - i can imagine the buns all fighting over their share of the poetry cakes!

Pomona said...

Like the swifts, you have sent me on such a journey today! I nearly didn't find my way back. I love your poetic prose.

Pomona x

nĂ  from the treehouse said...

Hi Juliet - thanks for taking part with this week's prompts. I, too, really enjoyed reading the description, the atmosphere. That time of evening is one of my favourite moments in the day.

Heartful said...

Thanks for writing to the prompt Juliet - reading it, I felt like I was watching it happening from my window. And congratulations on the publications!