A chill permeates the atmosphere
as the golden orb of the sun slides down the crimson
firmament towards the cusp of heaven and earth. Its fading rays
illuminate in marvelous tints of pallid yellow, dazzling
pink and intense orange the edges of the steel blue clouds.
In the sky opposite baby blue fades to navy.
As the sun slips below the horizon, a copper sliver emerges from
the earth’s other edge. All along the rim of the world
white and orange lights shiver in the quivering air.
Slowly, in this corner of earth, the curtain of night is drawn,
sucking colors from surroundings, transforming the world
into bland silhouette. Overhead, in the dark shroud, stars,
far-off beacons in the vast void, arrange into patterns marking seasons.
Expressionless sentinels, they look upon this sole home of life
while humanity on this side of the world gazes back as darkness descends.
Ashley Suzanne Musick was born in Fountain Valley, California, on February 26th, 1989, and raised and homeschooled in Anaheim. In 2010, she moved to southwest Kern County, where she lives and works on a farm and writes in her spare time.Â To see more of her work, go here and here.
The photo is titled “Ocaso en el lago de El Soto (MÃ³stoles, Madrid).”Â Its creator, Manuel Parada LÃ³pez de Corselas, released the image into the public domain via Wikimedia Commons.