Shepherd’s Delight

Is a sunset full of pinks, purples, oranges and yellows the result of angels ruffling their wings through the air as it cools for night?

No matter how low my mood may be when I see a sunset full of such colour, such celestial joie de vivre, my spirits lift like tiny birds windsurfing on zephyrs.

It is like fairy floss streaked with syrup.

It is like a cashmere blanket from an exotic land full of spice and whimsy.

It is a finger painting made by a child who cares only about the glorious.

It is the sky tie-dyed for a carnival.

If laughter were an image instead of a sound it would be a sunset.

If tears of joy could be caught in glass vials they would be the colour of a sunset.

When I see a sunset such as this I am glad to be alive. I feel that the world still holds the possibilities many of us carry in our if dreams came true baskets.

When I see a sunset like this it is like being close enough to clasp the silken hands of the gods.

* Image by The Butterfly Catcher at DeviantART.
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17 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Delight

  1. There are those sunsets that can purge the mind of any stress and sadness, and oh, I do love them so. One kind in particular can grab the outstretched hand of my imagination and take it far away, across the sea to the land of light and joy. The only other way to get there is on dragon back. 😉

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  2. If laughter were an image instead of a sound it would be a sunset. – love that

    when I seen a beautiful sunset, I try to really see it and try to remember the colors and how everything around it seen rather dull, it’s an irresistible sight

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  3. There’s the poet we all know and love. Only you could capture the essence of a beautiful sunset and articulate it as it deserves. Lovely, Sel.

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  4. Hi KAREN:
    Make note of your comment because it would read well on the back of your book when it comes out – very mystical, full of hope and promise. Sunsets can definitely transport us. They are magical like that.

    Hi LISSA:
    I know what you mean. I try and drink a sunset in. Sometimes I’ll be a little dismissive of a sunset, sort of ‘Oh, there’s another one’. I really must make a point of enjoying them more. It’d be nice to live on a hill with a great view so I could watch the sun set every night. Bliss!

    Hi STEPH:
    You are far too kind to me, hon. 😀

    Hi JOANNA:
    I will need to check him out. Thanks for the tip. I would love to be able to paint a sunset. How incredible!

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  5. Funny, I was wondering last night … we all know a version of ‘Red in the morning/sailor, take warning. Red in the night/sailor’s delight.

    But, last night, we had a beautiful orange sunset I haven’t seen the like of before, Wonder what that signifies?

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  6. Oh yes, me too. Sunsets always make me feel soft inside and romantic even when I am with someone I don’t feel in the least attracted to.

    Sunsets in Australia are much prettier than here. In Freo I ran along the beach in the evening and I would often just stop and stare at the sunset (no, it wasn’t just an excuse for a rest – honest!).

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  7. Hi MELEAH:
    Aww, thanks so much !!!

    Hi ROWE:
    Amazing, isn’t it? It does feel like something you’d see in a parallel universe!

    Hi TRAVELRAT:
    I’m not sure what the orange means. I called this post ‘Shepherd’s Delight’ because I met this Aussie farmer once who said ‘Pink sky at night, shepherd’s delight.’ I thought it was really cute!

    Hi RELUCS:
    I know you are far too fit and dedicated a runner to stop half way. LOL. The sunsets here are pretty, although I did see a few gorgeous ones when I was in California many moons ago.

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  8. This is so lovely and poetic! I particularly like ‘fairy floss streaked with syrup’ imagery. It is funny how similar themes emerge simultaneously in the bloggosphere. I have been reading Absurdistry’s weblog (a fantastic blog writer of absurd tales – if you have not heard of him) and he was down in the dumps after Christmas (as have been a lot of bloggers it would seem) and then he writes this fantastic story about a rainbow http://absurdistry.wordpress.com/ just as you are writing about a sunset.

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  9. Hi GABRIELLE:
    That is so interesting. Maybe the muses are all linking up and discussing what their bloggers should write about. I will definitely check out that post. He is a great writer!

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  10. I love sunsets – they are so much more vibrant and alive than the sunrise. Love this description – that’s about how I feel about the sky sometimes too – like it’s just a window into another world, if only I could touch it.

    BTW – I see my comment didn’t make it on the last post – but I hope you get “balanced” soon. Hormones. And we thought we were done with those when we graduated from college. 😛

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  11. ditto! totally agree with u! I love sunsets and I got to experience some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in Greece!

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  12. Hi TEX:
    I’d better check the spam file and see what’s going on. That is one of the few complaints I have about WordPress – comments that shouldn’t be classified as spam, often are. I don’t know why.

    I love the vibrancy of a sunset too. Gorgeous!

    Hi TBALL:
    I have never seen a sunset in Greece but I have been told it is unbelievable. I am so glad you got to see it!

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  13. Your poetic words and this amazing photo touched my heart Sel, thank you. I was checking in over at MPP and thought I’d stop by to see you too.

    Hugs dear friend, G 🙂

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