Night View from 7N

Outside, an evening still-life
city sounds gone.
Color wheel spun to day’s end,
the stuff of coloratura
no more.
Within the darkness,
a multiplicity of light.

Tree leaves
individual by day
morphed imperceptible,
indistinct within their larger shape.
Lunar glow, specks of bright,
office window flickers,
shadows in grays.

Not black or white.
No monochrome this.

Softened lines and curves.
Milky illumination
blending into hazy ebony.
Outside my window,
a continuum of grace.
My urban amen
as I slip into sleep.

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We’re Looking Out/Looking In at dVerse today. I’m hosting Tuesday’s Poetics and asking everyone to consider the windows in their apartment/home. They can either look in or look out; look at the view or the window itself. And then write a poem that somehow deals with that window, metaphorically or in reality (poetic license allowed, of course!). Each writer is to do two things: 1) post the photo of their window or view from their window; and 2) write a poem motivated by that photo, using the word “window” in either the title or text of the poem. And by the way, dVerse just celebrated their 6th anniversary yesterday!! dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, opens at 3 PM Boston time today. Come on over and post your “view” and/or just take a peek with us! All are welcome!

52 thoughts on “Night View from 7N

  1. jillys2016 July 18, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Nice! The colors contrasted by the black and white photo is quite effective. I am also drawn in by the description of the leaves, contrasted by day and night. Intriguing prompt, Lillian!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the photo and post….and the prompt! 🙂 Our colorful noisy city turns into a black and white still late a night 🙂

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  2. Olga July 18, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Love “urban amen.” I live in one also, but I have a glorious skyscape to fly into with my dreams. 🙂

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      Ah….a “skyscape to fly into with my dreams”….now THAT is a poetic line 🙂

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      • Olga July 18, 2017 / 3:35 pm

        ❤

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  3. kim881 July 18, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Your view is so different to mine and yet so alluring. I’d love to know who is behind the windows in those buildings! I love how I can picture the scene, your ‘urban amen’ without looking at the photograph, especially in the lines:
    ‘Color wheel spun to day’s end

    Within the darkness,
    a multiplicity of light’
    and
    ‘Lunar glow, specks of bright,
    office window flickers,
    shadows in grays’..

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks, Jilly. Yes — I was contemplating how different our window views are now from our Iowa views….especially when we lived in the country and my kitchen window looked out on our large back yard, many many white cloth diapers flapping on the clothesline, and cows grazing in the field beyond. (the cows were not our —- but the diapers sure were!)

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  4. Frank Hubeny July 18, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I liked the line: “Color wheel spun to day’s end” Nice urban scene outside your window.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks, Frank. I’ve been a country gal and a city gal….have loved both sides!

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  5. Charley July 18, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    “My urban amen” is truly a great construct! The photo draws me to hearing Tom Scott’s Night Creatures. But then, my urban experiences include taxi horns, busses….

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Ah yes…..given that we live across from the main campus of Mass General Hospital, our daytime cityscape includes ambulance sirens and helicopter whirrs to their helioport and the normal traffic sounds too. At night, it is often quiet and still….as I’ve described. But then, the occasional night-time siren or helicopter sound all the more loud because they break into the silence. Glad you enjoyed this one.

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      • Charley July 18, 2017 / 5:13 pm

        Very much so!

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  6. annell4 July 18, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    An urban view! And your head full of words, love your write!

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed.

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  7. Jane Dougherty July 18, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Blimey, what a view! It makes our city lights look like fairy lights on a Christmas tree in comparison! ‘Color wheel spun to day’s end.’ I like that image.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      Yes, the colors disappear as the sun leaves the scene. A continuum of milky whites to shades of ebony take its place. Glad you enjoyed.

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  8. Glenn Buttkus July 18, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Our eyes are windows to the soul, and or windows are access pieces of the puzzle–what makes hikes in the forest so appealing, where panoramas trump piece-meal glimpses of concrete canyons; living in the suburbs now, in a grove of ancient maples. Boston is a babe by night for sure.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:38 pm

      Boston as a babe by night….love that! 🙂 I’ve lived in the rural setting and in the city now. I must say, I’m very glad to have had both experiences. I do miss the fireflies though 🙂

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  9. alisonhankinson July 18, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Wow such a different view, and yet so much to take in. I like that you appreciate it- a continuum of grace…My urbam amen. XXXX

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      As weather permits, I sit outside in the early AM and write in my journal, read the paper with a hot steaming cup of coffee…..and always step outside onto the deck for this view at night. Even if but for a moment. There is a calming to it 🙂

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  10. Victoria C. Slotto July 18, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Superb urban nighttime photo and the descriptions are so good. I’m hanging on to this:
    Color wheel spun to day’s end. Such a great visual, and inspiring more.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks, Victoria. Funny…..that image was “plopped in” after the first draft of this. My knitting basket sits by my couch…and I have a brochure with a color wheel on it, suggesting harmonizing colors for knitted projects…and I just thought hmmmm. That’s what really does happen though…the colors of the city disappear as the night falls. Glad you enjoyed.

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  11. Grace July 18, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Love that urban amen Lillian ~ The view reminded me of the times we had to rent in a high rise condo when our home was being renovated ~ That still frame is gorgeous to see, as all the lights turn off.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:42 pm

      Oh yes….I almost always open the sliding door that windows this view, and step onto our small outdoor deck to lean out and savor this view at night. And yes, I do that after I turn off the living room lights….so there’s no “back lighting’ — just this view 🙂

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  12. Sherry Blue Sky July 18, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    How cool to find such beauty in an urban view! I loved this poem, which took me back to the magic of the city, when I was young.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:42 pm

      Happy to take you on a nostalgic journey to your youth. I really do love our view at night 🙂

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  13. Gemma Wiseman July 18, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Your ‘urban amen’ is so beautifully descriptive. Like a soft wave of visual music.

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  14. kanzensakura July 18, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Those last four lines – oh my – grace and amen. I used to enjoy living in the big city and looking out at all the lights and buildings and people scurrying below. I don’t miss it though. The photo is just as descriptive as the lovely poem! Thank you for this prompt.

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    • lillian July 18, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      Glad you liked the prompt. I’ve also lived in the rural country side, and in Iowa City, Iowa….and now these past 20 years, Boston. I can truly say I’ve loved all of the experiences. One isn’t, to me, better than the other — they are just different.
      In our country house, I especially loved looking out our kitchen window and seeing the sheets and rows of cotton diapers flapping in the wind on our clothesline. Does anyone hang out clothes anymore?

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  15. Sumana Roy July 19, 2017 / 12:43 am

    “Within the darkness,
    a multiplicity of light.”—I love. love this and the ‘urban amen’. The photo is magical and makes one curious about the surroundings. Thanks for this wonderful prompt.

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    • lillian July 19, 2017 / 6:51 am

      Glad you enjoyed the prompt and my post! 🙂

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    • lillian July 19, 2017 / 6:52 am

      Thankful for every day —- and every night — twinkling window lights are my city stars 🙂

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  16. sarahsouthwest July 19, 2017 / 6:41 am

    Everyone – including me! – seems to love that urban amen. It’s great to see a poem celebrating the beauty of the city. I love your gentle description of night falling, all the tiny details adding together.

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    • lillian July 19, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Thank you, Sarah. I’ve also lived in rural Iowa, and in Iowa City, Iowa. I must say, I’ve loved every place I’ve lived….none was better than the other. They are just different. And yes….there is a beauty to a cityscape at night as peace seems to come and the frenetic feeling disappears.

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      • sarahsouthwest July 19, 2017 / 7:05 am

        I loved my city time, and I love my current country time. I like to see a cityscape treated like any other landscape. DVerse has made me realise that I am disgracefully ignorant about the USA.

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  17. Kathy Reed July 19, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    The color wheel morphed into night..how stark, yet calming the changes in a day. City views are amazing to watch! Amen, indeed!

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    • lillian July 19, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Thank you Kathy! So nice to see you here 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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  18. whippetwisdom July 19, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I love your urban amen and everything turning to hazy ebony, a beautiful hymn to all that is wonderful about city life! :o) xxx

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    • lillian July 20, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Thank you! I always enjoy stepping out onto our deck in the night….:)

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  19. colorfulpen July 19, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    What a view! I love that ‘color wheel spun to day’s end’. Softened lines and curves and milky illumination give such a sense of peacefulness.

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    • lillian July 20, 2017 / 10:27 am

      The city truly quiets for the nightscape! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my view and the words too!

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    • lillian July 20, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Thank you! So appreciate your kind words.

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