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Fire in the Sky 2: Another collection of nature-inspired sunrise/sunset poetry

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Kristen Howe was inspired to write these poems on watching sunsets and sunrises from her window, even from her mother's photos.

Fiery Applause

Thanks for everyone who loved my first set of sunset poetry I’ve posted last month. That meant so much to me. In honor of the 4th of July weekend for my US hubber friends, here’s 8 more sunset poems from my Fire in the sky chapbook, which were inspired by mother nature’s own version of silent fireworks. Stay tuned for more poems all summer and early fall. I’ve included one previously published poem in this set, though I don’t remember which magazine it was. But an asterisk would be next to the title of the poem.

A glimpse of a red burning sunset at night is awesome from a window

Red Burn and Bright Streaks

Red Burn

Before a pre-rain bluish-grey morning sky,
Up from the perview, the sun rises from the east,
No clouds in sight, before they turned grey,
Puffs of precipitation makes it way for the city.

Before a downpour, a red burn is in view,
A variety of reds are spread across the ken,
Down below, it's highlighted streaks of oranges,
The colors of the sun made its appearance.


Bright Streaks

Golden city lights illuminate the city's nightscape,
Low looming grey clouds over a prevailing storm,
A glow on the buildings and windows is fluorescent,
Bright in an array of pale pastel colors.

Streaks of pink blends into the backdrop of blue and black,
Red streams in wide elongated shades around the sky,
A hint of purple is along the way so magnificently,
A little sliver of orange is underneath of it, sheer and surreal.

Here's a book on sunset poetry to get you inspired

Evenfall Radiation and Evening Quench

Evenfall Radiation

On a crisp navy blue sky, it slowly turns to black,
Nebulas are white, dotted and dappled with a hint of purple,
The night came alive in a blaze of colors, right on track,
A rainbow bright array of a sunburst, only at night.

It's an evenfall radiation, with the sky on fire,
Pink shoots across the skyline like stars and comets,
Orange marks the sky like serpentines on a high wire,
Reds, with a hint of yellow and peach, makes it majestic.


Evening Quench

A rich cornflower blue enriches a stormy sky,
Silent breezes from a light wind ripples a still lake,
Trees barely sway to the shoreline and then to the environs,
All to make this picture a perfect evening quench.

With a little bit of a quiet rainstorm and no thunder,
But like lightning bugs, a sliver of flashes of yellow,
It's a good complimentary color to the blue for photos,
Or even with paintings, with the nebulas hidden, grey and invisible.

Perfect glimpse of a yellow sunrise over lake that reminds me of Lake Erie

**Sunlit Shimmer ** and Yellow Dew

Sunlit Shimmer

Rays of bright ultraviolet light over the vista,
Warmth blankets the earth in shining colors,
White floating, puffy clouds hover over the horizon,
A little bit of an overcast shadows the calm lake.

Orange spreads across the sky in a sunlit shimmer,
Yellow gives it a zip to make it lighter,
A hint of red appeals to the rising sun in brightness,
The colors sparkle and shine like gems in a sunbathed earth.


Yellow Dew

Greyish-blue plumes, finger-like and feathery, in an azure sky,
A black contrast turn into blue at the crack at dawn,
At the shoreline to the outposts of a mountain peak high,
Pale pastel colors light up the sky, this morning.

A pretty coloring to match the sun's yellow dew,
With some hints of gold to give it a golden touch,
Underneath, orange gives it a hint of a day to be new,
With city lights in the background gives it an appeal.

Afterhours Swirls and Dusky Incandescence

Afterhours Swirl

When the blue nocturnal sky turns to black,
A purple vapor is invisible to see it and keep track,
It's an afterhours swirl in the clouds and a sunset,
This sundown is an awesome viewing to tell . . . yet.

Pink sprinkles from the lake to the ambit,
Red pours all over to combine the coloring pit,
Yellow shines across the sky, with a light trace of peach,
Orange drenches the night along with the city lights within reach.

Dusky Incandescence

A veil of black contrast covers the city landscape,
Orange is pale, and reflects on windows, before an overcast,
Yellow is light and thin with a reflection of a setting sun,
A little bit of an outline of a multitude is visible.

This dusky incandescence is something to visualize,
A strip of apricot looms above the mesa's outline,
Red is present all over the sky in evenfall,
Colors now pastel with flair in a blaze like wildfire.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Bill. I appreciate your kind comments. I agree. It's so beautiful anytime of the year. :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 22 months ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful poems Kristen. Love the photos. There is nothing quite like a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks John. You're so very kind. I'll be posting a new collection over the holiday weekend or so.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very vivid descriptions in these poems of sunrise and sunset, Kristen. The images are stunning also. Well done.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Sheila, thanks for the lovely comments. I wish I can take credits for those photos. Mine are framed and on the wall in my living room. I love both of them too. I'll be doing a new one over this holiday weekend.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love both sunrises and sunsets. Your poetry is wonderful and your pictures are just beautiful!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Charito! Me too!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Nice poems, Kristen! Very graphic.

      I, too, love sunrises and sunsets.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thank you Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Beautiful and inspirational!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome Bill. That must've been awesome to see, Bill. Picture the sunset in your mind and write a poem about it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We had a sunset the other day that took my breath away. Thanks for the inspiration....now, where is my camera? :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Thumbi7 for the follow and your kind words. I do see beautiful sunsets from my new apartment every night. It might inspire me to go back to poetry someday. Feel free to check out Fire in the Sky, the first set of poems. I'll post another batch of poems in late July.

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      beautiful poem. You have taken my mind to a different level. From my apartment I can see sunset everyday. It is very beautiful. Now because it is rainy, I can see the dark clouds everywhere. Looks like they come up from the sea.

      Voted up and shared

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Au Fait. I had to use a thesaurus to be creative to describe sunsets and sunrises. You're so sweet and kind. Thanks my friend.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I don't know about you, but I love a good rain storm complete with thunder that crashes and jars everything, lightening snapping -- so long as my car doesn't leak. ;)

      I love the dark blue clouds too, as the storm is approaching. You use such interesting words in your poetry.

      As beautiful as sunsets often are, I really like sunrises best. I'm not sure why. You do such a beautiful job of describing these sunsets and sunrises I can just see them in my mind's eye just as if I were there really looking at them. Lovely . . .

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Peach! It almost did back then. Thanks!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      sounds like beautiful fireworks blew in the sky, awesome hub

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thank you, Emese! I appreciate it my friend!

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      EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

      Great work, Kristen. I enjoyed the images and colors in these poems. Beautiful

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alicia, you're very welcome. I have more to come later this summer and early fall.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for all the beautiful references to colour, Kristen.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey Flourish. You can for sure. Thanks for your lovely words!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      You can almost feel the vivid colors!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks so much Jonas. Feel free to check out my first one.

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      Jonas Rodrigo 2 years ago

      I love the imagery in these poems. Great hub, Kristen!