This morning, dawn played out

Against a pristine wind-scoured sky,

Shading from faint salmon

Along the horizon,

Stealing upward through

Layers of virginal white, champagne cream, and

Powder blue clouds,

The color growing deeper and

Deeper at the apogee

Climbing to true sky color,

And then

The sun appeared–

An ancient monarch rising so

All her earthly subjects rose as well–

Slate cloud banks near the horizon,

Her spreading wings

Amid regal roseate bands of



Dan Verner

February 12, 2016

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