Hymns to the Darkness
Here are secret words. The hearts in which they already dwell know them as their own. Moonlight. Train tracks. Calm after thunderstorm. Scarecrows. Dusty bibles. Abandoned houses. Fireflies. Wire fence. Sunlight through dust. Creaking porch. Fallen leaves. Churchyard cemetary. Grey autumn sky. River levee. Dark holler. Gravel road. Car overgrown by weeds. Dying town. Windchimes. Humid night. Petal crushed underfoot. Smoke. Dirt on coffin lid. Train whistle on winter night. Wooden floor. Color of night sky. Secret place. Iron bridge. Locust. Derelict boxcar. Dreams. Wind in poplar tree. Swallow's nest in barn rafters. Kudzu on telephone pole. Red neon sign. Hymnal falling apart. Small white crosses by highway. Cicada hum. Path through woods. Ghosts. Bottle on windowsill. Fading summer. South wind. Raven wing flutter. Shadows. Forgotten church. Sparrows. Rust. Railroad crossing lights through fog. Puddle of clouds. Rusted silo. Crickets. Dance of leaves blown by wind. Decaying barn. Field after harvest. Clouds at night. Lonely afternoon. Quiet dusk. Shadow of bird flying by streetlamp. Lightning. Red dirt. Fall sunlight. Tall pine. Rain on metal roof. Lover's whisper.