The Last Dimming Hour

The Last Dimming Hour
The Last Dimming Hour

The Last Dimming Hour

There’s a hushed, eerie quietness, restful, unknown.
All sheep are silent, the song birds have flown.
This veil of first twilight, creeping, in peace,
The yawning day’s ending; its happy release.

A tired gale disturbs not a solitary leaf,
Its soft, breezy nature, a stealthy, calm thief.
Stolen sounds drifting from bright summer days,
Vanishing, breathless, in mirage-less haze.

Sun-drenched, stained skies glower; red, pinky peach,
Fading to grey during eve’s dying reach.
No time for adieu, no candle to light,
The last dimming hour has turned swiftly to night.

Fear not the threats from loose, blackened drapes,
As shadows lurk, surly, in dark hedgerow shapes.
Devoid of true colour, dusk’s fast changing scene,
Smothers the smouldering, lush velveteen.

26th August 2019

The nights are noticeably drawing in quite quickly.
One day, this week, I went out for my walk slightly later than usual, catching the ending of a lovely sunset. But it was so, unusually, quiet. No sounds from the wind blowing through trees & hedges, no birds, sheep, cows, nothing! By the time I was on the home strait, it was dark enough for me to switch my torch on. Not only to make me more visible to any passing motorists, but because I’d spotted some tiny frogs/toads, jumping about on the road, and didn’t want to tread on them!
Walks will have to start a little earlier, methinks. I missed all those sounds of the countryside!

Apologies for my recent absence from commenting on other folks posts. I’d been having very annoying & frustrating issues with my WordPress site, that we just couldn’t sort out (long story, I won’t bore you with,) which is now, happily, fixed!

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10 thoughts on “The Last Dimming Hour”

    1. Debbie Jones says:

      Thank you very much, Anita! ?

  1. Chatter Master says:

    Oh Debbie……your words. They captured me in this night!

    1. Debbie Jones says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Colleen, it was quite a surreal change in such a short time..it captured me too. Hopefully, all the tiny frogs/toads made it back to the river! ☺️

  2. SueW says:

    That was a fantastic read Debbie and I loved the sunset photo. I’m also delighted that your WordPressed issues have been fixed. 🙂

    1. Debbie Jones says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Sue. The sky was very pretty, but changed so quickly that night, which really struck me.
      I’m so glad they’re fixed too, I was getting close to the end of my tether! I do hope I don’t encounter it again. Trev had another try to sort it & then I re-installed twice & after the 2nd time, it stopped..hooray! ?

    1. Debbie Jones says:

      Thank you very much, Peter..it was a lovely walk. You were very quiet too! ?

  3. forresting365 says:

    Gosh, Debbie. This is sooo very beautiful. Thank You. And no worries about not being around here and there! I don’t think anyone takes it personally! I’ve been going through the same thing here and there. Seems like everyone goes through life and cycles and has to take time. YAY! That Your issues got solved!!! Here’s to playing catch-up! I am sure trying!!! Cheers! ?❤️?

  4. JOY journal says:

    Wonderful words and sounds! We live in the city, but dusk is still an everyday marvel. I sat out on our porch swing just last night to watch the sunset. 🙂

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