Sunset comes slowly on this Oregon beach in September.
Cloudless sky, great glowing amber sun
Inching relentlessly towards the sea,
Dipping, bit by bit, below the horizon.
The sky glows in brilliant echo:
Gold, pink, bronze, carnelian, cobalt blue.
Horizon wrapped in bands of color
Like a sunsetting rainbow of brilliant light.
Sunset lingers longingly,
Fading ever so slowly,
Shrinking along the horizon
As stars appear in the darkened sky above.
Light reaching towards the shore,
Like a parting lovers’ embrace;
Illuminating every windowglass, gull, sand, and pebble.
Night comes slowly to this Oregon beach in September.
Light lingers as bonfires blaze into life along the beach.
Strains of music and salty wood smoke perfume
Waft up to my balcony
Long after I’ve come back inside,
Turned on the lights, begun cooking,
Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014