Wednesday, September 21, 2011

emily dickinson, on sunsets and the sea







































The Sea of Sunset

This is the land the sunset washes,
These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
These are the western mystery!

Night after night her purple traffic
Strews the landing with opal bales;
Merchantmen poise upon horizons,
Dip, and vanish with fairy sails.

— Emily Dickinson


(for deb and her mother)

18 comments:

S. Etole said...

I just came from Deb's and now this ... my face tastes salt, lots and lots of salt.

Be comforted, dear Leslie. {It seems a little more private here where there are no footsteps yet.}

Ostriches Look Funny said...

pretty good for a woman who didn't get out much. :) Not you, Emily.

How do you survive these brilliant sunsets? Seriously.

Joyce said...

Love Emily, love sunset and the colors! xo

ayala said...

Breathtaking!!!!

Deborah Carr said...

Simply sublime...the words, the image, the poetry, and most of all, your thoughtfulness.

Elizabeth said...

beautiful -- I've been particularly enamored of Dickinson of late -- it seems like she literally wrote about everything under the sun --

lilylovekin said...

This is lovely, the poem and the photo.

ELK said...

a stunning moment ~~ touching

Tracy said...

What glory is that sky... those gold and pink and lavender ribbons... be still the heart! I just love Emily. She so speaks to my heart. This is so lovely today, Leslie... Thank you! :o) ((HUGS))

becky said...

I thought of you, Leslie, when they posted a gorgeous sunset picture from Clearwater, FL on the nightly news.

Claudia said...

oh wow wow wow...this pic just stole my breath and in wanted to jump inside...and i thought...this needs holy words to not destroy the magic..and they were just so perfect..

LauraX said...

Beautiful my sweet friend, wishing you every blessing...mmwah xoxoxoxo

Loree said...

Lovely poem and that photo is just wonderful - 2 of my favourite things in one shot: the sea and sunset.

beth said...

"purple traffic".....i love that !

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Bela fotografia e poema...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Tiago Braga said...

Fantastic photo, congrat! love the colors and the contrasts, so so beauty

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

oh, leslie.
thank you for emily d.
n♥

Rick said...

Nothing short of spectacular !