Margaret Heltzel | Dawn To Dusk 2019

A lonely cup of stale coffee 
Rushed exit, no time for goodbye 
Left, right, left, right into the sleeping town 
Wandering, pondering the definition of a loaded word,
A single collection of characters 
Arranged, rearranged, and weighed
Color softens the eternal night
Brilliant crimson bounded by deep blacks,
Red winged blackbird streaked where the bluff meets the sky
What’s in a word, anyway 
Driver of perception, of recollection, and choice 
A word without a voice swells in the abyssal mind 
No time to consider on the fly
A prodigious world to conquer in the nick of time 
Lambent tongues of light yawn across dewed verdure 
Epiphany lurches into consciousness
Today is not a date nor a definition 
But an opportunity to thrive
To create, to relate in the allowed space of
Unknown wonders given life by forever 
“Today until tomorrow” recites itself 
Take claim to “now you see it, now you don’t”
Settle down as if the game has not begun

Margaret Heltzel, Ohio University | The 2019 Mary Withers Rural Writing Fellow at Boyd’s Station



The second annual Boyd’s Station Dawn to Dusk Photo Invitational theme announced on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 9PM invited participants to interpret the theme “Today” in ten photographs and words during the 24-hour period of Saturday, July 13 with judging immediately on Sunday, July 14 at the Rohs Opera House.

See the complete details of the 2019 Dawn to Dusk Photo Invitational here