Night Bathing


Geese fly over at dusk. taking photos as the light fades. stars start to twinkle.

It’s dark now but for a nearly full moon, which is rising behind me.

Drawing with charcoal in the darkness I can barely see the marks, I can’t make out any softness on the paper.

All dark on the ground and the bath is dark but for the fire to the side and under.

The bath down by the stream in the damp valley in west Wales.


The wood-smoke both illuminates and obscures, adds a lighter tone to the dark areas above the fire and below the sky.

More stars are out now. looking cool white.

A satellite slides across the sky.

Silent wind and full tumbling stream.

If there was a little wind, what few leaves there are would make the stars go out sometimes. on and off.


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