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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

track near the sea
keck flowers glow

as night descends

15 comments:

Dalloway said...

I have a rather vague memory of a book that my mum read to me when I was very little. In the book there was a description of a 'bimulous sky' - which I always imagined as that purpley blue time of the afternoon when night descends and the flowers glow.

Lorraine said...

sounds beautiful...have no idea though was a 'keck' is????

Frank Williams said...

Lorraine: Keck is another name for cow parsley. They have a mass of white flowers like an orb. Most people treat them as weeds, but I think they are lovely.

Emma: It was just as night was about to descend. Probably just enough light left to cause an optical illusion? But it seemed real to me.

Thanks for your messages.

All the best, Frank...

RBroeker said...

Oh, wild chervil is keck in your region, Frank. In Germany "kick" means "perky" - and I must tell you that I had a big smile in face when I tried to understand your verse. Now I see the lyric power in it.

Best wishes
Ralf

Magyar said...

_I searched the Keck weed, and though its not listed as inhabiting New England... those clustered little white flowers seem very familier to me, as does its leaf pattern. An outside search seems appropriate.
_I imagine sort of a blueish/white glow in the moonlight_!

Janice Thomson said...

This is beautiful Frank - there is a time just before nightfall when everything appears to glow especially anything white - I really like this one.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I can see it!

Dalloway said...

perhaps you can take 'seem to' out? Im sure they were glowing

Frank Williams said...

Yes, Emma they did glow. I've followed your advice and amended my haiku. Thanks...

Devika said...

Wonderful picture in words, Frank...the comments were so useful...i too didn't know what'keck' was :)

wishes,
devika

Lorraine said...

OH how lovely, I like that, thanks for the explanation ;)
ps I'd love to see a photo of it

Frank Williams said...

Hi Lorraine, please click on the following URL for a picture of cow parsley/keck...

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.edupics.com/cow-parsley-t4826.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.edupics.com/en-coloring-pictures-pages-photo-cow-parsley-i4826.html&usg=__G518a5NpVEImkvD3r2jUbgbmB5Y=&h=750&w=563&sz=251&hl=en&start=31&tbnid=NWpHfHf-v4a7bM:&tbnh=141&tbnw=106&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcow%2Bparsley%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D20

Lorraine said...

Thanks a lot for the link Frank, I think I may just have some in my yard LOL

Frank Williams said...

Hi All

This has been a great post. Thank you all for your comments, suggestions and correspondence.

All the best, Frank...

jem said...

So true the way certain flowers, perhaps due to their colour or method of flowering, seem to appear as the light fades. We spotted some yellow beauties the other night that we hadn't seen in the day.