Vesper Bluets at Marsh Creek Lake – a poem by Susan Charkes

Vesper Bluets at Marsh Creek Lake
 
evening thickens, the dark shore flashes with scores of them;
  lamp-yellow glints rise from green water, broadcast by the descending sun.
 
four wings sculling low with the current;
 no swifter than the water, no slower than the air.
 
landing on lake-drift, they do nothing, let the rippling light reflect upwards;
  in their golden gloss the traveler takes a honeyed pause.
 
some with blue-tip tail curving to nape of yellow head, coupling as they drift; 
 a parenthesis, the audience made complicit in their intimacy.
 
the earth and the sun upon its waters created for them;
 the earth and the sun upon its waters created for us.

 

Susan Charkes, writer and poet, lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her poetry chapbook, sp. was published in 2017. She is a member of Montco Wordshop and Tenth Sky Poets. More at susancharkes.com.

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