Dark Against Light



Dark Against Light

The universe’s fine maquette

is light on dark and dry on wet—
her quietness and stillness set
against the thrum of castanet.
It is a sort of etiquette:
opposite versus opposite.
Victory gauged against regret.
Sunrise followed by sunset.
Every lottery and bet
boundless riches as well as debt.
It does no good to fuss and fret.
This irony is all we get—
nature one pure brightness set
as backdrop to our silhouette.


Want more views of this sunset?  Go HERE.
The prompt today is one of the prettiest words in the English language: silhouette.

27 thoughts on “Dark Against Light

  1. Pingback: La Manzanilla Sunset, Jan 25, 2018 | lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    A lot of people do rhyming poetry on WP — but you do it really well. Not only does it rhyme, but it says something. I’m not really “big” on poetry, but I like yours rather a lot.

    One of the very first “tricks” I learned in photography was how to create a silhouette. First, learning that if you stand in shadow and shoot into light, you create a dark “frame” around your picture. It has become a standard. The other was that back-lighting, often the bane of photographers, makes GREAT silhouette photos — as long as you don’t get too cluttered, graphically speaking. It has been a great fallback position for shots where you really want that sky and are willing sacrifice details in the foreground.


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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion, Laura. I have posted in dverse before, I just forget to do so. I’ve done so now. Thanks for friends who remind me. Now, do you know where my glasses are?


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Grace. I love it when commenters quote favorite lines! I was pleased with those lines, myself. What comes out is as much a surprise to me as it is to the reader, sometimes when everything is working right.

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