Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism

EMBERS OF THE DAY

I waited with eucalyptus
               through the oncoming dark
   as slope by slope
      was lit
                  and extinguished
by what was left of the day

A sky no longer fierce:
         red and topaz turning to blue ash
whole hillsides of redwood and laurel oak
                     faded and folded down
      a massive chorus   section by section
settling into silence

Only eucalyptus' papery bark and flat leaves
         still craved the remainder:
   light and wind
            when everything around
                           had given over
to night and stillness

One by one      each abiding tree
   set apart and blown upon
         glowed
   loomed out of the bellowed dark
                     whispering and amber
leaned its slender length toward me and walked

c h r i s t i n a   h u t c h i n s
a l b a n y ,   c a l i f o r n i a

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