Sunset is a gentle master to all that are stricken
patiently, teaching us how to melt a bruise away
Watch how, with a silver whisk, that cracked egg
of a setting sun is majestically stirred, and put to rest.
Violent violet, pining pink, and yelling yellow
all agitated, then muted, their differences reconciled
until all that remains is a faint tattoo of quiet hurt
pearlescent wisps of smoke from a sighing flame
that night stealthily smothers and hushes away…
Yahia Lababidi, Egyptian-American, is the author of 6 books of poetry and prose. His forthcoming book, Where Epics Fail, has been endorsed by Richard Blanco, Obama’s inaugural poet, and will be published by Unbound, UK, in partnership with Penguin Random House.
Where Epics Fail: Aphorisms on Art, Morality and Spirit (You can pre-order Epics now.)
Works by Yahia Lababidi
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