Impermanent and Fine

 

Sunset over the Delaware River, Feb.2020

Sun and clouds reflected on the surface of the Delaware River, Feb. 24, 2020     Merril D. Smith

 

I watch the apricot sun settle

in feathered-grey clouds

reflected in the water

 

the rocks on the shore–

with time,

they’ll crumble

 

washed by the river,

polished by the rain,

burnished in the golden glow

 

I walk with long shadow legs

into the twilight,

as the geese honk farewell.

 

Scientists say

Betelgeuse may soon explode–

but I look up at the moon, waxing,

 

it will be here long after I’m gone,

but now, it lights my way

home to you.

 

This poem is for my dVerse prompt, Impermanence. So, I didn’t come up with anything particularly unique because I was inspired by this photo I took yesterday while walking by the river. Come join us with your thoughts.

 

 

 

71 thoughts on “Impermanent and Fine

  1. Yes, I like that ping pong out and back again too. If Betelgeuse explodes soon, it will be millions of years before we see it and by then we’ll all be gone. ‘All’ humanity. You and I will have departed some time before 🙂

  2. So many aspects of impermanence, from sunrise, clouds and shore to the stars and the writer. Nicely done.
    I knew what I wanted to write for your prompt when I saw your water.

  3. You had me at “apricot sun”. I used cantaloupe sun recently; tangerine is my favorite I think. Your tercets were brisk and fun to read, a perfect illustration for your prompt.

  4. The photo that inspired you is gorgeous, Merril, and I love the way your poem reflects the reflections, taking us further into the landscape – the future in the lines:
    ‘the rocks on the shore–
    with time,
    they’ll crumble’

    and back to the present in:

    ‘I walk with long shadow legs
    into the twilight,
    as the geese honk farewell.’

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  7. My favorite lines:
    ‘I walk with long shadow legs
    into the twilight,
    as the geese honk farewell.’
    I’m particularly fond of geese and they often fly into my own poems. I’m just reading a wonderful bio by Sylvia Ashton Warner about T.H. White who wrote “The Once and Future King” and also loved geese.

  8. A beautiful image and poem Merril, I especially love the apricot sun, something we rarely see here 🧡

  9. Merril
    A great reminder to celebrate a simple walk along the water. These were the lines that spoke most to me, “‘I walk with long shadow legs
    into the twilight,
    as the geese honk farewell.’

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