NIGHT WINGS

 "VISIONS OF NEW ENGLAND"

 

NATURE POEMS

 

BY

BILL CARAWAN 

 

WORDS OF WILLIAMTM

 

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FROM THE POET 

 

These poems are an attempt to express the inspiration I feel while beholding Natures' beauty. The verses come to me during an experience or later while remembering. Sometimes a whole poem will just come to thought.

That is fantastic! 

 

Night is such a part of so many of these poems. It is due to the fact that since childhood nighttime has always been a time of magic and wonder. Also, I've

had a love affair with the moon all of my life. 

 

I strive to make sure the poems are pleasing not only in what they say, but in

the pattern of the words on the page. I also enjoy using color to emphasize the idea I am trying to put into words. Color can really set the mood of a poem.  

 

My pen is a brush with which I endeavor to "paint pictures with words."  

 

I have always loved rhyme in poetry, but have come to appreciate prose

 that doesn't use, or need rhyme in order to convey what the poet feels.  

 

                                                                                                                            BILL CARAWAN                                                                                                                                             

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INTRODUCTION

Image result for small drawing of geese and full moon 

 

As you read

 

   I hope you... 

 

hear wind through crisp autumn leaves, 

 

behold the blue-white beauty of moon-lit snow, 

 

see silent meteors streaking through a winter sky, 

 

and answer the distant calls of high-flying geese... 

 

with your heart.  

 

 

After reading the "Title Poem" ask yourself, 

 

...what are the Night Wings?

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DEDICATION 

 

 

TO 

 

MY DEAR 

 

SHELLEY

 

WITH 

 

GRATITUDE 

 

FOR THE SEASONS

  

OF OUR 

 

LIFE  

 

 

 

Fiftieth Anniversary

March 12, 2021.

 I love you!

WEDDING DAY

 

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NIGHT WINGS

It's late fall with moonlight on snow-covered fields,

and shadow where forest fades into the hills.

Along a glass river the dark willows bend,

as wild-geese cross Milky Way chasing the wind.

 

Alone on a hill-top I yearn with their flight,

and listen as calls fade away in the night.

Eyes toward the heavens I search with my heart,

to know the creator...and reason my part.

 

(Title Poem)

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                                                                SEASONS OF COLOR 

 

Autumn wind thru maple leaves

whirl wind of Gold 

 

Sunset on frozen lake

Crimson on cold

 

Spring rain on daffodils

                                                            Yellows  explode

 

Sun-shaft in forest deep

Emerald  secrets unfold

 

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WIND 

 

I walked with the wind last night,

 

and it embraced me in it's flight.

 

Whispering close of Spirit...free,

 

then racing onward to the sea.

 

 

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 METEORS 

 

On this late

   summer night...

  see the falling

 

  SILVER RAIN 

 

    of the Universe

 

 

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SOLITUDE

 

In the silence

of these dark woods

hear the whisper

of falling snow

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star 

Tiny 

star-bright 

are you a single solitary star? 

Or a rotating billion-star galaxy 

your light traveling that far distance between us 

 concentrated by millions of light-years 

into that solitary dot of light 

 shimmering on the 

horizon

 

*

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PRISM 

 

With sunrise

I found summer's rainbow

 

                               s    ha     t     ter    ed      i    n       a 

 

         m   i   l   li     o   n   ti n   y   p i   e   cs 

 

                                                                        across the

                                                                            frozen

                                                                             snow

 

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                                                                              WALDEN

 

On the pond

within the reflection

hear and see 

                                                                                               .........the.... 

                                                                     ..................... 

                                                                                        ..........pitter.......... 

                                                                                      …..................................... 

                                                                                   ...........pattern............... 

                                                           .......................................... 

                                                                            ....................of............................ 

                                                       ................................................... 

                                                                      ......…............the….............................. 

                                                  ............................................................ 

                                                                 ....................rain.......................................................

 

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COMET

 

Lonely comet streaking thru the night sky

  I wonder how many beings on other worlds

     have seen you pass through their heavens...

 

On your

 

journey

 

through

 

infinite

 

reaches

 

of space

 

 

!

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RIVER OF LIGHT

 

Walk down the path

that leads to the bridge

With full-moon rising

over the ridge

 

Moonlight on mist

from the water below

makes a river of light 

 that will silently flow

with the river

to the sea

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 UNIVERSE

In this dark lake

I see star filled heavens

perfectly reflected.

And wonder...

 

Is there another whole universe

within the perfect reflection? 

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STAR LACE

Mid-night in forest on carpet of leaves

Back-pack a pillow with dog cross my knees

  Night sky thru maple tops, the branches weave   

                                       *            *    *    *        *        *     *    *       *         *     *          *    *      *    *              *       *   *             *          *        *       *          *     *          *                                 

       *            *   * * *   star * studded * *     *       *

*       * *          * *  * lace * patterns* *  * 

     *       * *    *    *   *     * * *    *  *        

over the trees

 

 

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AUTUMN

 

I JUST GOT BACK

FROM A MOON-LIT WALK

THRU

                                                       ORANGE 

                                                  YELLOW

                                     GOLD

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MOONLIGHT 

Bathes 

in a 

golden 

sea 

 

Crests 

the emerald 

waves 

 

Rushes 

to shore on rims, 

of light 

 

Streaks 

the gleaming

sand

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 GEMS

YOUR COLORS OF 

coral, sapphire, ruby, and jade 

 

midst sprinkles of

 azurite, topaz and amethyst laid

 

these sequins of color made a

 rainbow      kaleidoscope

  

in the diamond

encrusted

snow

 

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WIND SURF

 

This may be a foolish poets' notion

 

but with the sound of motion 

 

the wind in the trees  

is my ocean

 

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EMBERS

 

Autumn leaves

your colors of 

orange, yellow 

and red

     turn to fire

 

in the

after-glow

of sunset

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WILLOW

 

It’s just another tree 

that you see 

And yet, 

through the eyes 

of a poet 

I’ve seen 

c     c    c    c    c

 

a      a     a     a     a

 

s         s       s        s       s

 

c         c          c       c          c

 

a         a           a         a         a

 

d         d           d          d         d

 

i           i           i           i           i

 

n          n            n          n         n

 

g           g             g           g          g

 

 w a t e r f a l l s  of  green

 

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NORTHERN LIGHTS

As I gaze

with heavens in sight

on this late winter night

cosmic winds take flight

blue-green colors ignite

into shimmering 

                          curtains

                  of light 

 

 

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             SAILING

 

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POSTSCRIPT 

 

In the introduction you were asked to read the "Title Poem"

and ask yourself the question...What are the Night Wings?

 

The answer is found in the last two verses of the poem:

 

 Eyes toward the heavens I search with my heart,

         to know the Creator...and reason my part.

 

It is the heart taking flight...searching to know God and

His beautiful Universe, and the part we play.

 

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CREDITS 

 

When I finished the book of poems Night Wings I went searching for the perfect picture to put on the Title page. After searching the internet for a long time, I finally clicked on the perfect picture, three geese flying across a full moon.

 

I called the Canadian photographer Stephen Strathdee who works out of Vancouver to ask him how much the picture would cost, and told him I wanted

it for the front cover of a book of nature poems titled Night Wings.

He agreed, "That picture would be perfect!"

 

He kindly insisted that I use the 

picture for my book...as a gift!

Asking only for a copy of the

book of poems...in return.

 

 

THANKS, STEPHEN!

 

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                            THIS

BOOK OF POEMS 

NIGHT WINGS 

"VISIONS OF NEW ENGLAND"

 

is published by

WORDS OF WILLIAM

 

©2013

    William F. Carawan

     "Poetry Guy"

 

All rights reserved

Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A.       ___________________________