Last night, there was an incredible sunset here in Minnesota. I know about this because I saw it on many of my friends’ social media posts after I was busy downstairs with laundry and ironing, and missed it. The picture on this page is actually one that a friend took. And it got me thinking about today’s post.
Have you ever been outside, seen something beautiful like a sunset and just thought â€śwowâ€¦thatâ€™s niceâ€ť? Obviously, poets can do that and sometimes it’s with really flowery language. Now, American Poet Walt Whitman was one of (if not the first) American poets to write in free verse–poetry that does not rhyme or have a set structure. But despite not having structure the language could be “colorful.”
Whitman frequently wrote about the life and world around him. Check out his poem “A Prairie Sunset”:
Shot gold, maroon and violet, dazzling silver, emerald, fawn,
The earth’s whole amplitude and Nature’s multiform power
Â Â Â consign’d for once to colors;
The light, the general air possess’d by themâ€”colors till now unknown,
No limit, confineâ€”not the Western sky aloneâ€”the high meridianâ€”
Â Â Â North, South, all,
Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows to the last.
This poem starts out with six colors! Six! Including 1-2 I may not have thought about for a sunset. I like how this poem shows so much happening at once with all the colors. And I love how in the 2nd and 3rd lines everything is just all about those colors. Everything is concentrating on them. Since Whitman was all about writing about things he had a chance to experience, Iâ€™ll bet wherever this sunset was it was probably a sight to see.
The nicest sunset I’ve seen so far was on a trip with a good friend in Parry Sound, Ontario. It was at Georgian Bay, a large bay off of Lake Huron. The area was so open and you could just follow this full golden sun all the way down below the horizon, much like my friends tell me you can do on Floridaâ€™s Gulf Coast, without any obstruction.
So where was the nicest sunset youâ€™ve ever seen, and what made it so amazing? Is it a spot you still frequent? Do you have a photo to share?