Salat Al Maghrib*

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on

Blessed are the birds

grackle bullies shriek,

scuffle over sunflower seeds,

muscling away patient goldfinches

cardinals wait on bare oak branches


Blessed are the dry oak leaves,

pale as deerskin

worn winter thin

that shiver and tumble,

grounded by bitter March wind


Blessed is the wind

sweeping in from the North

Only ice fairies fly

above the frosted pines


Blessed are the pines

moaning adagios

windswept violas and bassoons

harmonize at twilight


Blessed is the twilight

sapphire and steel

calligraphy of branches

writing the ballad of night


*Islamic sunset prayer

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