Treasure Island

Michael Shepherd

(8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! The Hallmark of Poetry


Every day, the sun sets
you noticed?
in a great, glorious performance
of wraparound scenic splendour
as if it were the last day of the world
(we'd sue)

and all around the world
poets who've been chewing on their pencils all day
or gazing steamy-eyed at an empty screen
without as we poets say, the Muse whispering
an ode we're owed
as poets
wonder if it could be one last chance
to write the ultimate sunset poem
to get something down today
and justify our existence beyond existing

noting that at sunset
the red flowers in the garden glow so intensely
that you can feel it on your eyeballs
and the sunlight just when the sun disappears
lights up the whole landscape like a floodlight
on the stage set of our lives
that sort of stuff

then next morning the sun
rises on our ultimate sunset poem

and later sets

Submitted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Edited: Friday, October 05, 2007

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  • Raynette Eitel (9/14/2005 10:26:00 AM)

    Michael, this goes in my favorites...and I would like to use it at my next poetry workshop. I love 'the ode we're owed.' What fun...and a constant theme of my own is that the next day we get to do it all over again, so I loved the ending of your poem. How many poets (myself included) have done sunrise/sunset poems? Our ultimate resource. Beautiful.

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