poetry and prose about place

drive at dusk

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Saturday evening we took a drive along Sunpoke Lake, a low part of the landscape where you can see, simultaneously, the marsh of Sunpoke Lake, the Lake itself, and the Oromocto River. 

Along the road were tracks of moose and bear, and the very smelly carcass of a bear.  In each of the tracks, there was a fair sprinkling of seeds, so we surmised the bear tracks were those of the dead bear.

notice the seeds in the tracks... the bear travelled by quite a while ago

The tracks gave us a hint at the drama that must have played out along the road, probably on a night earlier in the week. 

The moose tracks were also full of seeds.  I like to think of it, ambling along the road.  


At the turn of the road where it runs along the Oromocto River, we stopped to take some photos of the moon and its reflection.

And on the opposite side of the road, I caught the sunset at its peak, and the silhouette of a very spooky tree.




I saw a light in the woods tonight

low, through tangled branches of spruce

and crowded stems of fir


white in the dark

a gleam where only black should stir


            like the lamp of a stranger



but the glow was steady and still

and in less than the catch of a breath I knew

all I saw was the rising moon

beyond the hill


I heard a cry in the woods tonight

soft and low through the tangle of spruce

and the thicket of fir


a moan in the dark

a sob where only wind should stir


            like frightened tears of a child



but the cries held no human word

and in less than the catch of a breath I knew

the wail of a wildcat on the prowl

was all that I heard


© Jane Tims 1992


Written by jane tims

October 10, 2011 at 6:37 am

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  1. You’ve got so much since i last looked here – I really like this drawing, very delicate & a well composed breaking up of spaces. You’ve managed to give a real sense of light radiating out so softly & yet bright without even using colour.
    I also like the compositions of the photographs. I’ve got to go now – I’ll have to try to come back !


    Sonya Chasey

    October 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    • Hi. Thanks for your comments. I love working with pencil. I like trying to express color in black and white. I appreciate the praise because I think your work is very well done.. makes geology come alive. Jane


      jane tims

      October 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

  2. Wonderful post, you evoke a great atmosphere reflecting what you experienced. Love the photos, drawings and verse!


    Watching Seasons

    October 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    • Thanks! I appreciate the positive comments. I learn a lot from your posts and I am so glad to hear from another botanist !!! Jane


      jane tims

      October 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

  3. The last photo is striking – the sunset colors in the distance and the leaf colors up close – just beautiful… The moon drawing is wonderful, too. And the poem – spooky moonlight and wildcats – everything seems different in the darkened woods…


    Barbara Rodgers

    October 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    • Hi Barbara. The photo was taken with a flash and I didn’t even realise how well the color of the leaves mirrored the color of the sunset until I had a look at the finished photo! Thanks for your comments! Jane.


      jane tims

      October 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  4. I enjoyed the post a lot, Jane. The poem, though written in 1992, so very well describes the mood of your recent dusk jaunt! Fantastic.

    And that tree really is spooky.



    October 11, 2011 at 5:42 am

    • Hi . Thanks. It is interesting how themes repeat themselves through life. Jane


      jane tims

      October 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

  5. That is a spooky tree.

    Wonderful post. I enjoyed everything about it. 🙂



    October 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks. I think that tree deserves a poem and a drawing. Jane


      jane tims

      October 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

  6. Enjoyed the poem Jane AND your drawing is excellent. Nice done. Interesting how you posted this story involving a moose. Heather saw one on the side of the road on her way into work yesterday…a big one, with a big rack on his head. Pity…so close to town I’m sure he won’t survive.



    October 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

    • Hi. He might survive I saw two deer in a residential ares of town last week. They made quite a stir! Jane


      jane tims

      October 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

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