REMNANTS OF DUSK Night falls in the Kerinci valley
Remnants of Dusk: Night Falls in the Kerinci Valley
Again the shadows creep across the valley In the distance, clouds burst on misty slopes In the distance, clouds erupt in shades of pinks and reds
I stand between the mountains An expanse of green stretching before and behind me young rice newly planted.
Above, pulsating Vs of white move across the sky Bands of egrets returning to their roosts in the tall grass nesting down for the cool of the long night
As the sun slides behind the mountains the call to prayer begins to echo A beautiful cacophony of haunting voices cascading through the valley Reciting the same words, but without unity The same invocation, but not quite in sync
Soon the egrets are gone and the light fades In their place arise the silent silhouettes Giant bats woken from their slumbering along the shores of the great lake By the thousands taking to the night sky in search of jungle fruits in dark and distant forests
In the remnants of dusk I walk home Past the frogs croaking in the mud of the rice paddies Past the crickets calling for their loves Back to the little blue wooden house on the corner And to my own sweet loves waiting within