The Golden Hour

The shades are drawn
to deflect the sun
as it drifts down
in the late afternoon

Darkness is bound to come
to douse the light

find in shadow
and this last brightness
a place of clarity

Just before
the inevitable dusk

Maryann Russo’s poems have appeared in numerous publications. Maryann’s work invites readers to return to the place that has always been within, often using the natural world as a bridge. One of her poems was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. She published her first book of poetry, Wild and Still in 2013. She recently published her second book, I Wait for the River. Maryann is a psychotherapist who lives and works in Southern California.

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