Melodies of Night by Mike Williams 08/17/2016 @ 6:21 P.M.
In the still,
Under a tree,
Sings the whipporwill.
Play the reeds,
And the rushes,
Crickets stridulate attune,
Between their hushes.
The owlet hoots,
In soft moonlight,
Melodious the breeze,
Upon the night.
“Tymbal” is an archaic spelling of Timbal.
1. archaic: a kettledrum.
2. a membrane that forms part of the sound-producing organ in various insects, as the cicada.
“Sings the whipporwill” is inverted intentionally for flow.
“Stridulate” (stridulation) is the mechanical action crickets use to create sound and “attune” is a word play on tune and a synonym for awareness.
Published: Remembering Spring page 32.
ISBN-13: 978-1539883760, ISBN-10: 1539883760