‘Sunset Celebration’ by Sarah Elle Emm
We’ve come to bask in your majesty.
To feel the warmth of your kiss.
We celebrate this day
With our feet dancing in the sand,
Confident we lived it to the fullest,
Grateful you were witness.
We venture closer to you, and cool water chills our toes,
Sending echoes of laughter and gratitude your way.
Twirling, smiling, humming, running on the shore,
We let it all out.
As your flaming power descends, out of our view,
We sigh, fully spent with thankful hearts.
We gave this day our all.
Your trail of pink hues fades away before us, and we bid you goodnight.
Sleep will come easy now.
A new dawn will lift us up soon enough.
And we’ll be ready to dance in your glory again.
I literally hung up on my brother a couple of days ago when I spotted my good friend Mr. Gator getting out of the water. (I consider him a friend, obviously, since it would seem we are the only humans living in this neighborhood….Okay, fine, supposedly, we have neighbors…but I have never seen them!)
I interrupted my brother… “Got to go! Gator getting out of the water!” I vaguely recall him saying, “Are you serious?” as I hit ‘end’ on my phone and bolted for my camera.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get outside in time to get photos of him crawling out of the water, but my buddy decided to rest on the bank as the sun went down. It gets really dark here on Sanibel island, especially since there are NO street lights. What I would give for some night camera vision! Who knows what kind of trouble that gator got into after sunset. Of course, I do have some theories…
Sometimes, we find footprints outside our patio door in the morning. The other night? We heard some terrible howling…I sat up in bed, looked out into the pitch-black night, and woke Charles up. “You hear that? Something is getting killed out there,” I informed him. “Yeah, I hear it,” he said, and he proceeded to go back to sleep. Me? I was looking out all of the windows, trying to get a glance of the Discovery Channel after dark…I mean my back yard…
I love to look at the changing colors in the sky as the day draws to an end. We stopped here the other night to admire the ocean…and the sky. Our girls entertained us with their fantasies…
“I wish I could jump from one puffy cloud to the other, Mom!” said my eldest.
To which I obviously replied, “I wish I could, too!” 🙂
Good babysitters are hard to find. Especially, when you have moved to a new state. (Chelsea, how we miss you!) Of course, when they do turn up, we will take advantage…I got to snap these pics after dinner with my husband recently…Thank you, MOM and Grandma, for coming to Florida to babysit. I meant, visit. I got to see the sunset on the beach, and it was quite nice…