Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Sunset

“The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.”— Roberto Bolaño, 2666


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky”— Rabindranath Tagore

          Midweek Motif ~ Sunset

The sunset is a short-lived period that begins in the evening and also ends there creating perhaps a moment of pause, a time for stress release. It definitely wipes out the cares of the day and assures a restful, calm night.

You are asked to captivate these fleeting golden moments.  

Your theme could be subjective or objective; literal or metaphorical:

by E.E. Cummings

Great carnal mountains crouching in the cloud
That marrieth the young earth with a ring,
Yet still its thoughts builds heavenward, whence spring
Wee villages of vapor, sunset-proud.—
And to the meanest door hastes one pure-browed
White-fingered star, a little, childish thing,
The busy needle of her light to bring,
And stitch, and stitch, upon the dead day’s shroud.
Poises the sun upon his west, a spark
Superlative,—and dives beneath the world;
From the day’s fillets Night shakes out her locks;
List! One pure trembling drop of cadence purled—
“Summer!”—a meek thrush whispers to the dark.
Hark! the cold ripple sneering on the rocks!

by Philip Larkin

There is an evening coming in
Across the fields, one never seen before,
That lights no lamps.

Silken it seems at a distance, yet
When it is drawn up over the knees and breast
It brings no comfort.

Where has the tree gone, that locked
Earth to the sky? What is under my hands,
That I cannot feel?

What loads my hands down?

The Fury Of Sunset
by Anne sexton

cold is in the air, 
an aura of ice 
and phlegm. 
All day I've built 
a lifetime and now 
the sun sinks to 
undo it. 
The horizon bleeds 
and sucks its thumb. 
The little red thumb 
goes out of sight. 
And I wonder about 
this lifetime with

this dream I'm living. 
I could eat the sky 
like an apple 
but I'd rather 
ask the first star: 
why am I here? 
why do I live in this house? 
who's responsible? 

Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community—
                (Next week Susan’s Midweek Motif will be ~Evidence / Clues)


  1. Happy Wednesday everyone

    much love...

  2. These poems, Sumana, are major inspirations. They are so good that I nearly couldn't write, the richness of mage is astounding. Am I a poet? Not in this way!

  3. Hi friends, I live in the land of beautiful sunsets, lol, so this should be easy for me. Yet it is hard to find words to equal such beauty!

  4. Happy Wenesday every one. Thank you Susan for this marvelous prompt which fits in perfectly with my ongoing theme. Wonderful examples of poems.

    1. Thank you, Toni. This prompt and its beauty are entirely Sumana's.

  5. Ah, forever in love with Larkin's wit and cynicism. And I loved the Cummings poem.
    Thanks for the inspiration, Sumana. I went on the abstract path modeling something after the confessional verse of Sexton and Plath, with everything lying just beneath the surface. Hope it works.

    Happy Midweek, poets!

  6. Hello All- a bit late to the party but here now! Thanks for a marvelous prompt.

  7. I'm sorry I'm a bit late to wish you all a happy Wednesday but I'm in time to wish you a wonderful weekend. After two weeks of internet problems, in which I had two-minute windows for posting every hour or so, we're back to normal!


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