"Nicolas Copernicus the Astronomer" by Jan Matejko‘Evocation’ by Leo Zoutewelle The Society December 20, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 9 Comments I set up my beloved theodolite And slowly, gently, aimed it at the moon, Then focused sharply on the lovely site, Which put its fragile eye piece well in tune. As always, it was truly great and thrilling; It tends at first to take away one’s breath. I’d even say that it was almost chilling, Considering the expectation’s stress. Now, I had seen this stunning show before But this, my youngest son, had not and turned From left foot to the right and then some more As pure impatience in his body burned. When I had managed the controls just right I checked and, yes, the spectacle appeared: The view revealed a giant disk of light— Lit orb of heaven—by lovers oft revered. The moon, as pretty as it mostly is Just played the backdrop to the major show: The shadowed passing of no ghostly frizz But sharply-imaged birds’ migration flow. Some came in groups, while others flew alone, The larger birds with stately beating wings, The little ones by jerks of effort blown Then up, then down, in spurts they flew in strings. I quickly spied my son; he was engrossed. His faintest smile was for me quite sublime. He was real still and though his eyes were closed— I saw a tear… Evoked my own first time. Leo Zoutewelle was born in 1935 in The Netherlands and was raised there until at age twenty he emigrated to the United States. After retiring in 2012 he has written an autobiography and two novels (unpublished). NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 9 Responses Joe Tessitore December 20, 2020 Very beautiful, Leo. Reply James A. Tweedie December 20, 2020 A lovely scene and moment well painted. Reply Theresa Rodriguez December 20, 2020 I enjoyed this very much Leo, thank you! Reply Yael December 20, 2020 A lovely story well told in rhyme; I really enjoy this, thank you. Reply Joseph S. Salemi December 20, 2020 This is a very nice piece, and how interesting to see the word “theodolite”! the unexpected appearance of the birds works perfectly to segue into the poem’s conclusion, which alludes to the moment of sympathy between father and son. Reply Peter Hartley December 20, 2020 Leo – A very enjoyable read and it stopped me being a miserable git for 5 minutes Thank you for that. Reply Leo Zoutewelle December 20, 2020 Dear Fellow Society members, I am very grateful for all your comments, which help lift the spirit and often the quality of my poetic endeavors! And that, I think, is the wonderful thing about this, our Society, whose structure allows the most opportunity for exchange of ideas as well as some pleasant conviviality. May we continue to maintain and strengthen this facility for a long time. Thank you all for your contributions! Leo Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant December 20, 2020 Leo, this poem is truly beautiful and the closing stanza brought a tear to my eye, too. Just lovely! Thank you. Reply James Sale December 23, 2020 A very beautiful poem, Leo, very moving and I like its ‘still’ quality. Thank you. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.