PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Brenda Kay Ledford is a member of North Carolina Writers' Network and North Carolina Poetry Society.  She's listed with "A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers."  She received the Paul Green Award from North Carolina Society of Historians for her three poetry chapbooks.



Evening unfurls, its flesh
shivers in the cold shadows.
A downpour of houses
and lights flicker on Ramey Mountain.

A full crust moon flips
golden coins on Lake Chatuge.
You stop the boat and bait
the hook with a red worm.

A plane pulses across
the stars, an island
projects from the distant shore
like a giant pyramid.

A dog’s bark slices the surface.
Beneath the soft moonbeams,
you catch a fish, toss
it on ice, and bait the hook.

A warning beam throws
its lifeline across the water.
The taste of dawn teases the hills.
Darkness unravels, light bathes the lake.