Category Archives: Firhouse Zibaldone

This Moment

A neighbourhood.
At dusk.

Things are getting ready
to happen
out of sight.

Stars and moths.
And rinds slanting around fruit.

But not yet.

One tree is black.
One window is yellow as butter.

A woman leans down to catch a child
who has run into her arms
this moment.

Stars rise.
Moths flutter.
Apples sweeten in the dark.

Words: Eavan Boland. Image: JesseJames.

Night Lights (6)

Modern society depends on light in many forms; from high-intensity natural daylight and artificial lighting, to the glow of TV screens, computers, tablets, smartphones, and games. Light is so ubiquitous – and generally travels unseen (except, for instance, in fog) – that we often take it for granted. Critically, we probably have more light than we need, while people are generally unaware of the amount of light they are exposed to, and of its economic and environmental costs.

Words: Professor Brian Espey, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. Image: JesseJames.

Night Lights (5)

Alert. Senses heightened walking at night. Sensitive to movement and sound, from the shadowy darkness. A fox ambles nonchalantly across the road. Disappears behind a shrub in a front garden. Paper fan of moth wing beats against a street light, one of a thousand. The reflected orange glow strikes the underbelly of a cloudy sky.

Words: JesseJames. Image: JesseJames.