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When Day is Done

Day wanes
and sun, once bold and high
in summer’s sky,
is melting into a shimmering pool
of cool blue.
Kaleidoscope colors,
neon orange, brilliant mauve, deep rose, 
and softer hues of violet and pink blush
weave in and out
of trails of feathered clouds
that slowly, ever slowly
descend in the splendid sky.

Reclined inside my giant inner tube,
I gaze upward,
at ease with myself, 
content in the world surrounding me
and placid as the tranquil sea
lapping against my dangling feet.

My face tingles 
from the sun’s long kiss 
that has lingered on my skin 
since late afternoon.
I look down at 
the beads of water
gleaming on my chest.
I lay my head as far back as I can,
taking in the last rays of my lover sun,
letting their warmth 
caress my cheeks.
I close my eyes. . . 

then open them to a sky
grown slightly dark.
Shadows lengthen across the gentle waves.
I shiver, 
peer down at my arms and see
goose flesh has appeared.
The water now pulses a rhythmic lullaby
against my inner tube.
I want to stay here, 
rocking and rocking 
as the shadows merge into one 
and become the opposite 
of what I’d come here for.

But I am cold. Too much stillness
is upon me.
My day of sunny solitude
diminished and then finally disappeared,
leaving only the solitude.
My day is done. 
I head for home.

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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  1. Date: 8/10/2014 5:18:00 PM
    kinda reminds me of this one! Great indeed. But you edit differently these days. Love it though:) The Shadows one iS a great free verse.

  1. Date: 5/12/2013 7:06:00 AM
    Andrea, thanks for you recent visit. I appreciate it. This is a lovely write! I could see you in my mind's eye enjoying and savoring the moments of your day turned dusk. :)

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 9:21:00 PM
    Andrea, a nice little free verse poem :-) congratulations~ LINDA

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 7:34:00 PM
    great write and win Andrea...congrats

  1. Date: 4/15/2011 12:28:00 AM
    Lovely journey, Andrea. bfn. Lainie

  1. Date: 3/15/2010 8:38:00 PM
    From now on I am gonna try them contest. Maybe I will win one one day. Until my day is done. I have alot of work 2 do .I have not had time 2 send u that poem I want u 2 go over. I feel like your poem...Usually in all my poems I just write imagination, or made up situation. I like 2 close my eyes pretend I am in this situation.

  1. Date: 3/8/2010 12:00:00 PM
    Andrea, many congratulations on your win in Laura's fine contest >> and thank you so much for your ever kind words on my poems >> James

  1. Date: 3/8/2010 10:37:00 AM
    Hi, Andrea. Congratulations on your well-deserved win in Laura's contest, Beyond Nightfall. I apologize for the error...the message was meant for you. Thanks for your kind comments on my poetry. Have a great day, and keep on writing. I wish you continued succes in your writing endeavors. Have a wonderful day. Love and hugs, Andrew.

  1. Date: 3/8/2010 9:51:00 AM
    Congratulations, Carolyn on your win in Laura's contest, Beyond Nightfall. I love the imagery, the beauty and calmness of the sea, and the warm feeling of the poem. This a very lovely poem wonderfully written. God bless and keep on writing your amazing poetry. Love and hugs, Andrew..

  1. Date: 3/8/2010 9:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Laura's Beyond Nightfall! contest Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/8/2010 7:48:00 AM
    Ahh...I remember thinking this would be a winner when I first read it!! Great work, Andrea....loved it then, and love it now! Congratulations on this beauty, and for your win!!! :) Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 3/8/2010 2:14:00 AM
    A very nice poem to express your thoughts here, Andrea. Congratulations on your winning this contest. (^_^) Noel.

  1. Date: 3/7/2010 9:55:00 PM
    ...I told you!!! It IS among the winners! Congratulations! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/7/2010 9:32:00 PM
    Very, very nice Andrea. Congratulations on your win with this nostalgic poem. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/7/2010 8:48:00 PM
    Congrats on your HM Andrea in the Beyond Nightfall contest.. enjoy your sweet victory.. we will talk later..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 3/7/2010 7:55:00 PM
    I love this..glad you were recognized for your fine work. BG

  1. Date: 3/7/2010 7:06:00 PM
    Congratulations Andrea, for your Honorable Mention in the Poetry Soup member contest: Beyond Nightfall! I can see why you did so well! Nice work.! Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 2:30:00 PM
    I have always found that great poems inspire not just emotion, but thought, and your poem does both. It's definitely a poem I'm going to be rereading for some time.

  1. Date: 2/27/2010 11:15:00 AM
    LOL why don't you make it hard for me to find's not called Nightfall (poke) Okies..loverly, excellent (of course) discriptive write. You've taken sentences and paragraphes and broken them down on the page to present as Free Verse. Each image is exactly that an nothing else. Free Verse in my mind portrays not only the outer layer of the onion but many layers down. The reader may or may not get all the layers the poet has intended. Love's Ya

  1. Date: 2/23/2010 11:01:00 PM
    Although you say the contrary, I think that your writing in free verse possess more force.... more energy... I "feel" you more persuading! : ) Definitely, this poem will be among the winners, my best wishes. Ruben.