Colorful Night – Finding Light Within the Darkness

Colorful nightObservations of effortless change.

Evening languishes with the sun’s last rays

Hanging effortlessly on the edge of the sky

Taunting the darkness with a colorful display.

Foamy orange hues bathe the horizon

Fading yellows soon to be amber

And all will finally succumb to the darkness

Majestic purples and cobalt take center stage

Their attentions on filling the ocean they call sky

Of all the night colors, their time is the shortest

Abrupt jets of darkness overtake the lighter shades

Lady evening proves her power to again rule

And occasionally the reward of the Northern Lights

You can see each and every secret if you care to look

A captured beauty held in each splinter of color

Ethereal perfection lost in the blink of an eye

Many a mortal has tried to capture it

In verse with a cavalcade of descriptive words

On a rough canvas under the tutelage of a filled palette

Oils and stains try to mirror the sight

Majestic to the eyes but non-transferrable

We mortals with our eyes to the ground or the screen

Missed opportunity to gaze upon sights when we alone

The seeing of a moment that will never again appear

And yet, without understanding, we avert our gaze

This pure beauty should draw all eyes upward

Perchance to dream while stoically awake

A reward, unearned, but certainly well deserved

Look when no one else is looking

Understand that only your sight is true

Let the camera of your memory free to choose

Which moment will forever be yours…

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Colorful Night – Finding Light Within the Darkness

  • September 19, 2017 at 2:20 AM

    I love this poem, Ralph. When I lived in Washington state, we would sit outside of an evening and watch the Northern Lights. The colors were beautiful. We had lovely sunsets up there and I so enjoyed the colors that, as you say, are so short then that moment is gone forever. You brought back some wonderful, peaceful memories for me with your poetry. Great work, dear poet.

  • September 20, 2017 at 1:00 AM

    Beautifully described and evocative write Ralph, of my favorite time of day. And it will never get stale, those impossible hues of color and a transition that only nature can display. Great work my friend. Kudos.


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