gathering light – gloaming

gloaming – the part of the day after the sun has gone down and before the sky is completely dark.

267_Landscape_Summer-2230_©James Newton Photographs
©James Newton Photographs

I first heard the phrase ‘the gloaming’ from the Radiohead song of the same name. Like the song, the word has a real sense of foreboding about it, darkness is coming.

It sounds very olde worlde and does indeed come from the middle ages. The roots of the word trace to the Old English word for twilight, “glōm,” which is akin to “glōwan,” an Old English verb meaning “to glow.” In the early 1800s, in Scotland the now-archaic verb gloam, meaning “to become twilight” or “to grow dark” was in use.

“…this is the gloaming.”