Thursday, June 16, 2022


 Weather often surprises me. This morning I awoke to the deep rumble of thunder and the sputtering patter of rain. What a nice way to wake up. I love a gentle storm. 

I'm so thankful for the many surprises of nature: color, shape, texture, sound, temperature, taste, touch. Every day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Every day a new show unfolds.

Sunsets are some of the best surprises. Their silence makes them easy to miss, but their deep vibrant colors and constant renewal can be awe inspiring. I recently watched one evolve on my way home from a shopping trip, each permutation more stunning than the last. If only I could have taken a video.

Today I offer you a little poem about sunsets. 

Things to do if You are a Sunset

Sneak in
Put on neon
Delight in feathered flight
Hopscotch from cloud to cloud
Inspect your reflection on water
Flash one last surprise

- Karen Eastlund

Photo thanks to Don Evenson

I hope you find some dazzling surprises this week, or at least one little surprise. We're enjoying our small harvest of peas. Just six pea plants germinated, but they have produced a nice little harvest of fresh green crunchy sugar snap peas. We pick a few every day or two. Nothing better.

You can find the Poetry Friday gang at Michelle Kogan's.  Thanks for hosting, Michelle.

Image thanks to Linda Mitchell


  1. I have 3 minutes to comments on your poem before the library computer kicks me out. Which sounds like an epic title for a shore poem. Things to do if your'e a sunset was very inspiring and the pictures went well with the mood your words set. 1 minute left. Bye!

  2. Ooh, I love "hopscotch from cloud to cloud"! And "fade" is the perfect last word. xo

  3. I'd like to repeat Irene's comment, adore that "hopscotching", too, Karen! I love sunsets, too. This is a lovely celebration for them.

  4. Lovely poem and photos! I need to pay closer attention to sunsets. Thanks for dazzling us this week!

  5. Karen, thunder & lightning storms are happening here, too. Yesterday, there was a big bang followed by a torrential storm. No neon lights as you share and describe. Your poem explodes with sensory details. Thanks.

  6. You chose the perfect form for your poem! (Your photos are all kinds of fantastic, too!)

  7. I love everything about this post! I read your opening paragraph many times. Just couldn't get enough of the sounds and feeling of saying the ways "rumble of thunder" and "sputtering patter of rain." And then your perfect poem! Especially love "put on neon" and "invite tickling bird flight." Sunsets are so beautiful and I never really thought about the silence surrounding them. Thank you for the surprises this morning as I read.

  8. I like the idea of a sunset sneaking its reflection in the water. Such a lovely picture and poem.

  9. Yes! Sunsets! I was treated to a desert sun setting on the Grand Canyon this week! Ahhh....

  10. Those clouds sound like they really had fun with their display, and I love blush and neon descriptions in both word and pic–thanks for this dazzling sunset Karen!

  11. Here's to sunset to-do lists, snap peas, and you!

  12. I love this sunset's "To Do" list, Karen. (Oh, I just noticed that the last commenter also called it a To Do list! :)) What a clever perspective for this poem.