Curtain of Night

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads
“Curtain Falls”  (posted by Sanaa)
Curtains. From a mundane household item to a haunting metaphor, their allure will envelop your spirit into the generous folds. When closed they instantly cast a room into blackness even on the brightest of days; while in winter they stand guard and protect us against the biting cold.

So, our challenge today is to write about curtains.

“…and the very folds of the curtains contained secrets and sighs.” -Anais Nin

When the sky draws closed
curtain of night
silver stars sparkle,
a butterscotch moon
tosses beams that flicker
through trees like a feast
of fireflies.
When the curtain is drawn
some things are still visible.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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27 Responses to Curtain of Night

  1. jaerose37 says:

    Gorgeous imagery,, I love the butterscotch!


  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    My goodness this is good!💞 I love; “butterscotch moon” especially 😀 Thank you so much for participating!


  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Nice to contemplate the varieties of light which can still be discerned.


  4. lovely images you’ve used


  5. I like the promise we glimpsed through the last two lines–nothing can be hidden, nothing will be completely lost… not ever.


  6. I love that butterscotch moon!


  7. Maple says:

    “a butterscotch moon” … I’ve read many creative descriptions of the moon, but this is my favorite to date.


  8. feast of fireflies. I think you’ve described a “scrim”….


  9. Vivian Zems says:

    Vivid imagery. I can see those shafts of light.


  10. kanzensakura says:

    butterscotch moon…oh my goodness. I love that!


  11. What a beautiful description of night fall


  12. oldegg says:

    How gorgeous this is and how easy it was to picture myself at the scene. What a great read this poem was.


  13. I love the reassurance that the butterscotch moon is still there when we draw the curtains


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