dusk arising




streets filled with emptyness
echo absent footfall
beneath yelling birdsearch dismal
cry for yesterday's stolen meal

lonesome benches bathe beneath
magnolia's blossom blanket
nurturing hope of congregation
for lunchtime's sandwich pause

.            traffic lights ever change and dream
.            of rush hour chaos covered tarmac
.            where yellow lines now silently mock
.            each vacant seat of a solitary passing bus

occasional pale peering indoor faces
grace windows of fearful longing
surviving behind well bolted thresholds
auditioning death toll's daily feed



  • Michael Edwards

    A gem of a write which reflects the new reality.

    • dusk arising

      Sad to think of the hub of activity silenced by a death threat.

    • orchidee

      A true write dusk, and we wait, and work towards, more glimmers of light through the valley. I prefer to call it that, rather than a tunnel.

      • dusk arising

        There are many worries for our life on this planet obscuring what could be a bright bright light of future harmony for mankind but your interpretation, that it is a glimmer, is more accurate i fear and reflects reality rather than hope.

        • orchidee

          I see - if metaphorically 'seeing' - or believe, that further glimmers will appear. This can be reality and hope, I think. If I say more, I shall off on the religious aspect..... or spiritual aspect, as I prefer to call it.

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        • Goldfinch60

          Wonderful write, the streets are so quiet and peopleless (sic) as is the park where I walk with My River.

          Aah, Weather Report.


          • dusk arising

            Somehow i had pictured you riverwalking in a more rural environment. At least the traffic noise is minimal for you in these strange corvid days.

          • Alan .S. Jeeves

            Well observed DA. Where I live you don't see too many people at any time but I can imagine that it is extraordinary for those who live in towns. I notice the reduction in traffic though when I drive anywhere (not very often now ~ shopping once per week).
            Well done,
            Kind regards, Alan

            • dusk arising

              Written purely from imagination as i venture out so rarely and haven't been into town for over a year now. Hope you are keeping safe and well and getting all you need.

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              GOOD MORNING DA ~ A very apt description of the lonliness of those Shutin at this depressing time. Im off work but being under 70 I am involved in providing some over 70s with needed food etc but the town is eerily empty. This is even more poignant considering the good weather we are experiencing. Loved the visual ~ Empty Chairs ~ Loved the Video mournful ~ but very apt.

              Yours BRIAN.

              • dusk arising

                It's the way it is. Everything put on 'hold' except for the few who judge themselves to be above the realms of common sense. I hope they get away with it tbh.... there's enough death around without wishing such things upon more folk.

              • Unsub


                you paint a very distopian scene. Personally I like the change of speed & chaos out on the streets. I don't want people dying of course but the tranquil emotions are sublime as i go for my daily walk.

                I try to activate my iPod to play Sound of Silence by Disturbed during my walk to truly absorb myself in the atmosphere.

                Great poem.


                • dusk arising

                  I'd like to go out into the empty city streets, mostly pedestrianised now, and experience the changed experience. But i'm playing safe...boring old fart?.. yes!... but i have things i want to do in the world when this virus episode is over.... survival is my priority.

                • Andrew Charles Forrest

                  Well captured DA

                  A moment in time we hope is never repeated

                  • dusk arising

                    I am with you in that ACF. I trust you are staying safe and having your daily needs looked after.... survival for us slightly olders is the name of the game right now.

                  • Joe Dawson

                    Good write and let's be realistic, this is the first one to stop the modern world, we should be mindful of the next, and guard against it at all cost. Joe

                    • dusk arising

                      Wise words from you there Joe. Our world will be changed by this, it has to be.

                    • Claudelle DeLuna

                      So well penned, Dusk
                      & true to our current condition
                      hopefully we see positive change
                      as it teaches its message to the
                      entire globe....
                      Stay safe, Sir

                      • dusk arising

                        Well said. I'm sure there are MANY lessons we could/should learn from this but it doesn't work out that way does it. However, our world will be changed by this without a doubt. I strongly suspect we will see many negatives as well as positives.... we're only human after all... and not all are super minds like us poets eh? LOL

                      • Neville

                        An absolutely amazing bit o 21st century poetry.. gonna leave it at that, because so many have said it all before I got here.....


                        • dusk arising

                          "Everyone's gone to the moon" they sang in the 60's..... I wonder what changes this will bring to society to wiggle our pens into verse?

                        • Fay Slimm

                          Wow what a descriptive piece of work on this lockdown where streets become ghost towns of emptiness........ so atmospheric and goes to my favourites.

                          • dusk arising

                            Thank you Fay, i'm honoured to be fav'd with this. Sad times which will bring many changes to our lives in the years ahead (lets hope we all have lots ahead too). I haven't done so, but i'd love to venture into the centre of Worcester to experience the new situation and it's silence. How would it make me feel sat alone on a bench with only the birds and maybe a few cats or rats. I shall ponder upon that and maybe write.

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