Sky Watch

I’m going to school in the dark again.  When I leave home at 7 a.m., the sky above my head is middle-of-the-night blue, with stars.  To the east, a faint rim of paler, smoky blue lies behind the still-leafless trees.  Along the way, mist lies heavy and soft in low fields; the stars fade.  When I step out of the car at school, morning is inching up into the sky.  Above the low, shallow bowl of the sports fields, filled with creamy mist, a stripe of soft apricot edges the eastern horizon.  The air is still, no wind. And quiet, no kids yet.  It’s going to be a beautiful day.

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