A dVerse Quadrille

Mission San Juan Capistrano, California

I Am In The Shadow

of high
brick arches
walls of
chipped stucco
rendering heated
dust raining
from bells
pealing names
of vanished saints
and tales
of moonstruck
coaxed from
nesting cliffs
swift as light
on wings
that cut
clouds and sky.
our shadows
were just

for dVerse Poets, Quadrille Monday “Swift” and 44 words sans title.  © Misky 2021 Image WikiCommons California State Archive. A poem based on recollections of a trip to the mission of San Juan Capistrano where the swallows return in mid-March every year.

4 responses to “A dVerse Quadrille”

  1. I love those wings cutting the sky, and those ending lips. Beautiful. There’s something special about the way swallow return to the same place every year.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. At that old mission, they play a recording of the swallows singing, and it draws them away from the cliffs and into the mission.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Hauntingly atmospheric – I get a sense of the fleeting nature of the swallows’ visit…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I hope that modern architecture will not ruin every place for a swallow to nest.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: