Darkness Descends by Ashley Suzanne Musick

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A chill permeates the atmosphere
as the golden orb of the sun slides down the crimson
firmament towards the cusp of heaven and earth. Its fading rays
illuminate in marvelous tints of pallid yellow, dazzling
pink and intense orange the edges of the steel blue clouds.
In the sky opposite baby blue fades to navy.
As the sun slips below the horizon, a copper sliver emerges from
the earth’s other edge. All along the rim of the world
white and orange lights shiver in the quivering air.
Slowly, in this corner of earth, the curtain of night is drawn,
sucking colors from surroundings, transforming the world
into bland silhouette. Overhead, in the dark shroud, stars,
far-off beacons in the vast void, arrange into patterns marking seasons.
Expressionless sentinels, they look upon this sole home of life
while humanity on this side of the world gazes back as darkness descends.

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Ashley Suzanne Musick was born in Fountain Valley, California, on February 26th, 1989, and raised and homeschooled in Anaheim. In 2010, she moved to southwest Kern County, where she lives and works on a farm and writes in her spare time.   To see more of her work, go here and here.

The photo is titled “Ocaso en el lago de El Soto (Móstoles, Madrid).”   Its creator, Manuel Parada López de Corselas, released the image into the public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Monster by Ashley Suzanne Musick

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Through the atmosphere, without a whisper,

Approaches the unseen monster before

Proclaiming its presence with a shrill

Eardrum-rupturing howl and the icy bite of its breath,

Pummeling individual humans and other large creatures,

Tossing around like toys minute items,

Tearing tarps off the objects they protect

And casting a fine film of dirt into the air,

Diluting sunlight and blinding every eye

As the monster makes its way across the ground …

The wind has arrived.

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Ashley Suzanne Musick was born in Fountain Valley, California, on February 26th, 1989, and raised and homeschooled in Anaheim. In 2010, she moved to southwest Kern County, where she lives and works on a farm and writes in her spare time.   To see more of her work, go here and here.

Thank you, 2012 LONNOL participants!

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Wilderness Interface Zone would like to thank participants who put their hearts in our Love of Nature Nature of Love Month.   The list includes:

Elizabeth Pinborough
Kathryn Knight
Gail White
Ashley Suzanne Musick
Sarah Dunster
Chanel Earl
Sarah Dunster
Mark Penny
Laura Craner
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Jonathon Penny

You all helped WIZ celebrate love and nature with fair fond tokens of well-worded affection.   Thank you!

Thanks also go to our readers and commenters.   There’s still plenty of room open (until March 24) on our LONNOL month giveaway of Typhoon, starring Dorothy Lamour and Robert Preston.   If you’d like one, please go to that post and leave a comment.   I’ll contact you for shipping information.   WIZ offers these DVDs free to readers in appreciation for your presence here and for your support of WIZ’s mission to create a rhetorically-diverse space for Mormon nature literature (though, of course, all nature writers are welcome–see submissions guidelines here).

Also, WIZ’s 4th Annual Spring Poetry Runoff Contest and Celebration will open on the vernal equinox, March 20, with categories for both competition and non-competition, an open-invitation spring haiku chain, another Retro Review, and other revelry.   Please make a note of the Runoff’s pending arrival and watch for announcements detailing this year’s activities and prizes.

Again, deepest affection to you, contributors, and to you, readers and followers of WIZ, for your continued presence here.

Modern Hebrew by Ashley Suzanne Musick

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In the tar-like black sky
structures float like ghosts
through the illumination from bulbs
hovering like flying saucers over
the road. No heavenly
luminaries accompany me on this lonely journey.
Only those cones of light brighten the route ahead.
Nevertheless, I must persist.
I am a modern Hebrew
fleeing the Egypt of the office, escaping to
the Promised Land of the field. There,
as I stand on nude ground,
a lunar face and stellar eyes will look
upon me from the depths of the universe
and remind me of the Creator of this grandeur.

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Ashley Suzanne Musick was born in Fountain Valley, California, on February 26th, 1989, and raised and homeschooled in Anaheim.   In 2010, she moved to southwest Kern County, where she lives and works on a farm and writes in her spare time.   You can read more of her verse on WIZ here.