as the sun sets in the distance

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This picture of the Columbia River was my inspiration for this poem.










as the sun sets in the distance

the clouds above it lose their form

the purples and pinks absorbed from the sun

spread and seep into the pale blue sky


a river

calm and vast

stands between me and the hills

of which the sun is setting

creating a blurry

mirror like

reflection of the scene above


all is dark

save for the colors of the sun

I hold onto this moment

wishing it could stay forever

knowing that at any moment it could be gone


at last the sun is no longer visible

it has taken with it those colors

that had so held my attention


a moment

so precious and small

has been replaced by the night




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