vigil, n., a purposeful watch maintained, especially at night to observe or pray.
Steve and I went to visit our friend who has recently moved to a new home near the River Exe. We went for a walk after dinner, down to the river. The air was moist and heavy and the trees were summerlush.
The river ran calm and wide, before flowing into turbulence over the weir.
Philippa told us that during the heavy rains a few weeks ago, the river burst it’s banks and several waterbird’s nests were swept away.
This swan was poised on the edge of the coming night, waiting and watching and holding the balance between the dark and the light.