The In-Between

It’s in the in-between
that the real magic happens.
The seeds are planted,
the roots take hold…
and we blossom into who
we were meant to be.

Kristen Jongen

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Twilight is an in-between:
Familiar shapes become strange,
Small things fly past and depart unseen.
Even colors seem to change.

Night swirls her midnight cloak;
Her crimson gloves leaves smudges
Of rosy beauty for all commuter folk
To brighten evening trudges.

I throw off my worries of the day,
Set all the heavy burdens down,
Ponder curves rounded on my way
And turn problems upside-down.

This is the right time to plan:
In between the days, one fading,
Streetlights glowing cyan,
Morning’s possibilities parading.

Tomorrow is soon enough
To take all my troubles up,
Even when the pressure is rough,
I embrace this magic time to sup.

Sips of sunset’s beauty rare
Behind black bare-branched trees.
Sweet robin has a song to share.
There in twilight I find ease.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Thanks to Theresa at Soul Gatherings, who first used the above quote and renewed my interest in the in-between.
Reference: http://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/bto-bird-id-nightingale-and-other-night-singers

53 thoughts on “The In-Between

  1. This is how I feel about sunrise too…a beautiful transition and new possibilities. I thought about this this morning watching the sun peek up and the new leaves emerging on our fig tree.

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    • Oh, I have a fig tree, too. I hope it makes it through the winter! Have you eaten figs from it? I have such hopes for mine. And sunrises are so beautiful.

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  2. Brenda, I have come back to this twice today — I loved it this morning (before the day I had) and I love it even more at the end of the day (after I let the day I had melt away). So well done!

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    • Thanks, I guess it works for the sunrise, too. That time of transition from home to work/school/obligations and then going back again, is always time to renew and regroup for me. 🙂 I’m so happy you like it, and I’m honored you read it twice in one day. Hugs, Brenda

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  3. Hi Brenda, Thanks for being so quick to read and like “Sifting for Gold”. I found your opening poem today to be relevant, so I have re-blogged it as a Better Endings quote with this post.- Linda

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    • Hm, I didn’t see your reference to my post in your post even after re-reading. Perhaps I just missed it, as I am drop-off-to-sleep tired. Thanks for the attention you pay my blog. I am flattered an academic like yourself is interested. I truly believed no one on-line would read, just family. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to connect to others, all over the country and world like this. Cheers, Brenda

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  4. This was so lovely, Brenda. You took a quote and a beautiful picture and then went the steps farther that you always do, you made it ‘your own personal message to us.’ I loved this so very much!

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    • Wow, thanks, that is terrific!! Doing a happy dance, I got such happiness from your lovely words! I’ll come by soon and check out your posting. Cheers, Brenda

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  5. What an amazingly beautiful photo!! I also very much liked your poem! 🙂 I find dusk and dawn to be the most magical times a day, I like everything in between 🙂 Like autumn and spring 🙂 I especially liked the first two verses 🙂

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