Sun Sets on Life

Written for:  dVerse Poets, Carved in Stone
I would like for you to select from the pictures, and try to find a story from one or several. You could place yourself into the the image, you might want to imagine something that it depicts or you might try to see it from the perspective of the carver. I would like you to view the prompt as wide-open.

Stone carving

Sun throws
setting rays of red
across this vast expanse
of water.

My day of death
has come. I try
to escape the fury,
but feel myself falling.

I see the faces
of those who have gone
before me. Can it be
we will meet again?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to Sun Sets on Life

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Excellent take on the prompt, the imagination of the dying person. I think we will so those who have gone before. It is a hope. Good job!

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  2. Love how you saw a person dying in he image.. Not easy to interpret really.. But the wiggly line could be a soul escaping.


  3. Snake infinity of death
    and life spirals on..
    no beginning
    really or end
    just lids
    that shut
    and open
    life comes
    as snake
    now again..:)

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  4. Sumana Roy says:

    an interesting interpretation of the image…

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  5. MarinaSofia says:

    This was perhaps the most enigmatic of the photos – I like your interpretation of it!


  6. Truedessa says:

    interesting and perhaps what remains is a mark of the person long after death…

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  7. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Wow..!! I found this to be the most difficult carving of them all. You managed to write and interpret so effortlessly. Beautiful….!!

    Lots of love,


  8. Grace says:

    Opening lines are stellar and this line struck home with me:

    My day of death
    has come.

    One of your strongest write Sara ~ Thanks for sharing it ~


  9. Polly says:

    I esp like the final stanza – nice write


  10. kaykuala h says:

    Morbid anticipation in this. Hank took the same pic but thinking more of a serpent chasing a man



  11. D.C. Lutz says:

    Very intriguing take on this. This has a melancholy tone for sure (which I like) but allows us the feeling of peace with the last line. I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing


  12. Daniel says:

    Interesting, that death in this poem is furious.
    I really like what you’ve done here.


  13. A good interpretation of a difficult carving. Good job.

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