Subtleties of Latitude.

by Bret Higgins   Oct 27, 2007

Sitting by the window I see the sky ahead.
I fall silent, awed by the phenomenon.
Wisps of white bleach through to amber,
Warming the sky as blue diffuses to violet.
As minutes pass amber intermingles
with the fading light to create a corona of colours;
A palette of never ending hues.
Blushing reds of cerise and scarlet hug the edges.
Vermilion streaks chase the sky,
Penetrating clouds with soft familiarity.
The titian shades bid farewell with a smile
As the sun merges with the sea.

Without notice the iridescence sleights my sight,
And the sky darkens to a comfortable purple.
The first star is seen low in the twilight,
though it may be Venus.
The clouds now appear darker than their backdrop.
Charcoal blankets that soothe
a passing aeroplane's intermittent light.
Then without notice once more
Night grips the vista completely,
And we continue our conversation.

The sun sets so quickly here.

Bret Higgins 2007


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  • 10 years ago

    by Tammie

    Woah. Simply amazing. The descriptions and vocab coupled here created the clearest imagery in my mind as I read this. I could just imagine this sunset so well. The colours and descriptions of the sky are beautiful. Breathtaking, actually. The last line is a great touch to this piece, it really does set too quickly.
    5/5 for this amazing piece.


  • 10 years ago

    by 4 track demo

    I got completely lost in so many different hues of swirly colors, and i hate nature poems, but damnit i sure did like this one, the imagery is astounding and is stuck in my grill...impressed indeed..

  • 10 years ago

    by Thermos

    I love it... just at awe... i didn't want it to end. I really felt something here, which indicates a good poem. Possibly one of the best poems i've read about a sunset.

  • 10 years ago

    by Sungrl And Mrs Whatsit

    Lovely, really..and the colors are so successfully evocative.......

    (How on earth did you carry on a conversation while memorizing all these details!!)