Eventide on the Homestead


Eventide is usually a peaceful time around here. The sun is going down and animals begin to settle for the night. Enjoy this poem of reflection I wrote one evening while relaxing on the porch swing.



Dinner is over.
Animals are fed.
Sitting on the swing,
I relax and rest.

Frogs are calling out
one to another,
louder and louder
as more join right in.

Chickens are settling
to roost for the night,
with a cackling sound,
from a noisy hen.

I hear a few birds
still singing along,
while two dogs must race
to prove who’s the best.

For a few seconds
it’s quiet until
a car rumbles by
on the road below.

Light begins fading
as darkness rolls in.
My time on the swing
now comes to an end.
                                             ~ gayl wright


I mention frogs noises so often in my poems, because they are so prevalent around here. I recorded this around midnight last night. We are serenaded by them practically all night long beginning at dusk.

This poem helps me remember things I am thankful for around my home. What are some things that you find to be thankful for in your everyday life? Please share in the comments!

10 thoughts on “Eventide on the Homestead

    1. Yes, but they are sometimes so loud we can hardly hear each other talk when the windows are open! LOL In a way they are quite comforting as we turn in for the night. Blessings to you! xo

  1. OK… so it is normally WINDY at night here, but this has inspired me to maybe try to carve out a little patio time in the dark, as well as in the light/Light! xoxo

  2. It was like I was right there with you because I can picture a lot of the same things you mentioned. I just got finished putting our chicken away for the night with their deep clucking noise letting me know they are all in and the sounds of cars passing by. I also took a look at our garden and we are already getting corn sprouting up. super exciting! Now I am sitting at the computer listening to the sound of the fan in my little one’s room on the baby monitor. oh to the things we are thankful for. thanks for stopping by my blog today.

    1. That’s cool, Kristina! We were thinking of planting corn but haven’t yet. It’s probably too late… We do have some other veggies starting to come up, though. Baby monitors are so helpful. We didn’t have them when I first started having babies, but we did with later ones. We really do have a lot to be thankful for if we just open our eyes and look around at ordinary everyday things. Blessings to you and thanks for visiting!

  3. Sounds like a lovely evening at your home! I enjoyed your poem.

    I love the frog sounds! My Dad was a science teacher and in summers we did a lot of camping and vacations “up north” (from my Ontario, Canada home, where I was born). We also had a small pond on the two-acre property I grew up on, so there were always frogs. Today as a married, middle-aged women, my husband and I often walk on the New England trails nearby, and one of them has a pond with lots of frogs and tadpoles, too.

    I’m thankful for both my childhood home and original family, as well as my adult home and my own family that I have today. I’m also thankful for the beauty of God’s creation in which we can find pleasure. Enjoy your swing!

    1. I actually enjoy the frog sounds, too. I used the think they were so annoying but they are really quite relaxing and normal. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed my poem. My husband and I lived in New Hampshire for about 3 years. Our first child was born there. I loved it. It was so beautiful in our little town of Amherst.

      Yes, I have fond memories of my childhooe and I’m thankful for my family now, too. I always find inspiration out in nature with all the beauty of creation. Blessings to you and thanks for visiting!

  4. I love how much you notice around you and the senses you tune in to find the wonder in the everyday. A little jealous about the swing! It is on my want list for our garden. Thanks for becoming a regular contributor to Thankful Thursday.

    1. Thank you for visiting, Jodi. Thank you for inspiring me with your #ThankfulThursday linkup. When I read your posts, I am reminded to look for things I am thankful for and to record them, so thank you for that, too. 🙂 I love the swing… One day you’ll have your own. I would love to have a garden full of colorful flowers and have a swing or some kind of seat right in the middle… Blessings to you and have a wonderful week ahead!

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