How to Carry the Sun – a poem

It’s not every day you sail

into the sunset. In fact, it may be

that you’ve never sailed – in which case

you could find a place at dusk

facing the horizon

and just as the sun’s gentle fingers 

brush against the evening’s curve

you could close your eyes

and be where you are

a grateful witness

who, with tired sailors,

collect the day’s waning warmth

like seashells

in a gently cupped hand

for some time later.


‘How to Carry the Sun’
David Tensen
2020

photo: Bulcock Beach. Caloundra Australia. 2017

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