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Dusk, Back Porch, Canada
J. Patrick Lewis

Shy Evening paints all heaven gray,
Erasing blue from Balmy Day,
Uncolors brute box elders, oaks,
And elms with even, gentle strokes,
Then finds the houses, whereupon
She dabs her brush . . . their lights come on
As if two dozen stars fell down
To twinkle life into the town.
But Evening’s easel leaves undone
One mischief streak of Western Sun
To grace the masterpiece she drew—
“Still Life: An Evening’s Point of View”—
Till he robs her of fading light,
That thief of art, Black-hearted Night.
by J. Patrick Lewis.
Used with the author’s permission.

J. Patrick Lewis is the current U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate. Author of 80 children’s picture/poetry books and veteran of more than 500 visits to elementary schools around the world, J. Patrick spent many years as an economics professor before becoming a fulltime writer. A resident of Westerville, Ohio, he is a twin, a fact he says "has shaped my life indelibly and delightfully from the womb." J. Patrick is also the author of a collection of poetry for adults, Gulls Hold Up the Sky, and a nonfiction book for teachers. Learn more about him at



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A beautiful poem! I like the personification and especially like 'to grace the masterpiece she drew'.
Posted 09/27/2012 09:40 AM
Magical poem!! Maire x
Posted 09/27/2012 05:31 AM
So beautiful!
Posted 09/25/2012 11:10 AM
Lovely. Dusk is my favorite time of day no matter where I am.
Posted 09/23/2012 10:36 PM
A wonderful poem steeped in imagery; I love 'thief of art, Black-hearted Night' especially. Judy
Posted 09/23/2012 01:42 PM

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