The story behind this poem is pretty much exactly what you would think.When I lived on the prairie, beautiful sunsets were practically de rigueur. In my current location, they tend to be much more rare. There was a spectacular sunset earlier this summer, and I was really bummed not to have my camera ready for it. I guess I decided the best way to deal with that disappointment was to write this. The image I used is of a different, less awesome, sunset that I manipulated and enhanced to get a better image for the one I missed.
Eulogy for a Summer Sunset
Photographs are about capturing moments.
Preserving them for eternity,
or at least one more moment.
What I feel, looking at this beautiful sunset,
I want to return to this feeling again and again.
Put it on and take it off, like my favorite sweater.
If I had my camera I could capture this moment for posterity.
If I had my camera…
This sunset, this feeling,
has already faded away.
Never to return.