Rising Shadow

The shadows lurk between the stones

Creeping out in the evening and gathering themselves

Growing in the scrapes and slants of the hill

Stretching themselves out, getting ready

Then upward, the shadows take flight

Starling bursting above the trees

Tide rising their way up the hillside

The last beacons fade, all is overcome

The shadows take the sky, and light flees from it

Hurrying off somewhere else, for a while

Leaving us in shadow and the desert sky

Where stars glimmer like raindrops on still water

Earth’s still, Heaven’s alive.