Flash Fiction: Every Soul Lost in Sunset

 It's so easy to get Lost in Sunset.
It's so easy to get Lost in Sunset. | Source

...as you read, enjoy the sunset.

Will You Be Lost in Sunset?

It is just another sunset. So you say. But, no matter, they keep coming: old ones, young ones, arriving in style in vintage cars, or riding on motorcycles, seated in vans or sedans. Some walk, some ride bicycles. Some come in wheelchairs, little children perched precariously on the withered laps of the drivers. Some come riding scooters, hopping off at their destinations, wearing the pride of their efficiency and economy like a loose mantle flapping in the wind. They stop short abruptly, scattering sand underneath their little wheels.

They will all soon be souls lost in sunset, these sunset groupies - no, sunset junkies.

Each observer stakes claim to a small space to stand or sit - turned toward the sunset - the old ones thinking it will contribute to their immortality or, at least prolong their appointed days.

The young arrivals are just discovering the significance of such an awesome event - the inevitability of the daily setting sun. The very young merely follow along, unsure of their role, some barely walking others skipping in time to the waves that gently glide closer and closer to their toes. Eventually they will learn the ancient meaning of this sunset. One day they too will be lost in sunset. But for today, there is just fun.

The setting sun. It means surviving one more day, not just survival of their own small lives, but of the entire world. It means nearly everyone will get another chance at dreams fulfilled, another shot at tomorrow because this group is lost in the sunset today.


Ritualistic, reverent, almost other worldly. Faces lift in expectation. There is no warmth left. Still, they bathe in the afterglow. This is the magic of life, the giver of life, the extension of life. The golden orb silently slides down to kiss the horizon, lingering there, held like a lover. Suspended on an invisible thread stretched taut, until the hold of heaven gives way, the horizon wins and the sun slides into the horizon's embrace, waters glowing golden in the blaze of the struggle.

Heads turn expectantly. Sunset images emblazoned in their minds. they've seen this struggle so many times before. The Heaven's claim can only last for so long.

The sun is a fickle lover, giving itself to the Heavens for just a finite space of time. None but the slightly irreverent and the children speak in hushed voices. Then complete silence and for an instant, all hearts pause, no one breathes. The rivalry between heaven and horizon is played out - the sun the prize.

Silent prayers are sent extolling the Sun God or their God of Creation, their God of Destruction - to be there for them the next day; asking for life, asking to feel the warmth enfold them in a blanket of safety and well being. Lost in sunset, holding fast to their souls, praying, seeking another day.


Copyright 2011: Cynthia Turner


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Beautiful, I enjoyed reading this morning, Thank you.Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for taking the time to read Lost in Sunset. I appreciate the comment and vote up.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

This is very good Cyndi10, as a matter of fact I give you a 10 , .f my 10 matters. This serious , but said jokingly . I really love how they all showed up to catch the moment , knowing it was also their guarantee.

And I love this: hold of heaven gives and the horizon wins and the sun slides into the horizon's embrace.

Great work.

Up and beautiful.

Bless.


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rhemajoy 4 years ago from Alabama, USA

Very descriptive and beautiful imagery.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Sky. It means a lot to have you say you like the work, so yes your 10 matters. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Rhemajoy, Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. I hope I was able to leave a picture in your mind.


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Tricia Ward 4 years ago from Scotland

Great imagery Nice!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Tricia, Thank you for reading and commenting. So glad you liked the story.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i can feel the warmth of this poem...simply beautiful...


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Raciniwa, Thank you. I really appreciate that you thought it was beautiful.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Fabulous Cyndi, so descriptive, warm and inviting.

Voted up, thank you.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Cyndi this was very well written and descritpive up and awesome thanks for the share :) Frank


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. So glad you enjoyed it.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, Frank, for reading and leaving a comment. Your feedback is always appreciated.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Beautifully done. It reminds me of the nightly sunset festival in Key West. When the sun drops below the horizon, everyone claps and cheers. It never get old.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...my jaw is currently sitting on my running shoes - this is truly visionary writing and so very artfully presented in its most pure form of the beauty and power of words ...... see you on my Facebook page with a direct link back here showcasing a piece with a great title too: Lost in a sunset

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Since you have such a unique way with words, I truly appreciate the comment. Thank you so much for taking the time to read Lost in Sunset. I had great time writing it. There are few things that can touch an awesome sunset and I just imagine the collective energy flowing through.


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GoldenBird 4 years ago

This is beautifully spiritual. I am lost in the depth of the sunset. . .


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello GoldenBird, I am so pleased you were lost in sunset. It's beautiful and magical. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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freelanceauthor 4 years ago

Nice hub, well-written. Voted up


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks much for the comment and voting up!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This creates a vison when you read it and take ones breath away! Well done. Great hub!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Angela, Thank you so much for enjoying Lost in Sunset and taking the time to leave such an inspiring and positive comment.


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shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

Then silence and for an instant, all hearts pause, no one breathes as the rivalry between heaven and horizon is played out, the sun the prize.

Really beautiful cyndi10, You captured the moment very aptly!

Great hub, nice to meet you :)


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Shruti, so nice to have you reading my work. It is such an honor to be praised for my writing. Thank you so much. Great to meet you!


Marko Markov 3 years ago

Dear Cyndi,

simply amazing! Some months ago when I still was in my home town I used to sit on the rooftop of our house and watch the sun sliding slowly for the last time behind the mountains. It was my moment. I just felt such a unity with the light and the sound, the smells and the images of the nature around me, incredible. The moment when the sun is just about to disappear under the horizon... I really lost my breath every time and dropped a tear stretching my hand towards the last rays of light... heavenly


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh, how wonderful. I'm there with you reaching for that last ray. Thank you so much for reading and relating to what I had to say. Take care.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Cynthia , Each word of this , Its as if its the perfect discription of the perfect happening ! I envy your style of writing . Once along time ago I actually was a part of this happening 1 Each night near the city a large group of people would show up at a resevoir and watch the sun go down ! For me though , I seek my solar solice in solitude , in the country , in the mountains , yet beneath the same sun !


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment. I love the sunset and can't think of many things that match the majesty and awe it inspires in me and so many others. I'm glad you feel this piece captures the moment. Take care.

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