20 September 2012

Southern Light

The Light Under Tawa

Southern Light

Perception depends
on the angle of light
the way it might creep
under advancing clouds
(the sinister green of a cold front)
or through soft foliage
(the yellow green of tawa)
aesthetic light
seen after sunrise
or before sunset
when shadows are long
and valleys deep.

Antipodean Light - Enderby Island
It is best
beyond certain latitudes
say, Hebridean light
or antipodean light
over subantarctic herb fields;
light soft – better at high latitudes
where colours are muted
and sound softened.


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