Thursday, January 11, 2007

Arizona Sunset

The painting leans against the sky
Borrowing colors, light bleeds in.
I sit at the computer tapping keys –
The riot of my feelings
Revolts against a sad history of words.
They together tell of the crack in time
Where the torturer slides in like a shadow
Between what I wanted
And what I have done.
The only thing to do
Is to turn my back on
Guesses and approximations.
The crowd pleaser must die and
I must do alone that evening liturgy.

12 comments:

Aurora said...

Troublingly good, Russell. Quite moving in its mysteries.

_Soulless_ said...

Sunsets can do so easily stir, move us to reveries.

Between what I wanted
And what I have done.
The only thing to do
Is to turn my back on
Guesses and approximations.


And move on. Silently, or with a bang. ^_^ *hug*

Pat Paulk said...

We can never escape the fact that we're all alone. Just sometimes we notice it more. Good one Russell!! Hope your visit in Arizonia is going well.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Aurora! Life virtually seethes with mysteries. Sorry it troubled you a bit and thanks for a wonderful comment, my sweet.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi soulless! Yes sunsets are indeed moving and the ones in Arizona are brilliant, to say the least. You are absolutely right, moments spent in reflection should, in some way, serve to move us on. Thanks for the perceptive comment, my sweet. Big *Hugs*

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Pat! There are many kind of alone. My visit is going very well (no matter how big they get, they will always be our children). Thanks for the great comment, my friend.

ozymandiaz said...

Ya know, being a Florida Gators fan, Arizona holds a special place in my heart at the moment.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hello Ozy! Glad you are a fortunate fan (at the moment), my friend. Thanks for the comment.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Very well said. You're in Arizona?? That's one of my favorite places in the world. I keep trying to talk my family into moving there. :)

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Andrew! I'm glad you liked it.

Yes, I'm here on vacation. I'm visiting with on of my grandsons. Orriginally I moved to Arizona in 1964 and ended up graduating from The University of Arizona in Tucson. Tucson is a wonderful city - you ought to make the move.

gulnaz said...

i heard a song about the evening sky in arizona, apparently its beautiful but your poem has taken it to a totally another level altogether!

wishing you all the best for the new year!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks much Gulnaz! I'm glad you liked this. The sunsets in Arizona are often truely awesome. Have a wonderful new year also, sweet lady. Thanks for the great comments.