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Three Ways of Saying The Sun is Setting

by Jayda Brain (Australia)

April 2022

Write the World Review

Audio: "Three Ways of Saying the Sun is Setting," read by Jayda Brain

A tall man with a short temper builds himself a sanctuary
out of sweet gums and summer dirt.

He calls it “Golden Hour.”

In June, the cotton fields settle into the hour like a Nun into prayer.
And both the birdcalls and the snail trails drag across the pink sky.

Pollen stuck to his thighs, the man feels
something unnamable growing in his chest;

something that sounds like poetry.

An old woman in a new coat doesn’t know
Why mosquitoes and moonflowers

are so afraid of the sun.

Curiosity and covet are twin brothers, so every night in June,
she fills the lining of her stomach with the rotations of dim stars.

And the feeling is more than that of having a beloved, or a
home with a white-picket fence. It’s a religious kind of fruition,

for which dusk is the altar.

The sun is setting, a fat blob on a thinning horizon.
It’s taking squirrels and dragonflies with it, too.

Don’t let it take you.

Jayda Brain, 15, is a high school student living near Sydney, Australia. When she's not dealing with jokes about her surname, Jayda likes to read and care for her plants, but doesn't do either of these enough. She was an honorable mention in the “The New York Times” Personal Narrative Contest.

#Environment          #Nature

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3/9/24, 12:43 AM

This was absolutely a good read! 😃

Ushing Mya

11/24/23, 4:42 PM

I'm amazed by your deep perception towards little things of life! Keep glowing dear Taieba.

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:28 AM

I'll like to see more of your writing

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:26 AM

Gsk I love it!

dont care

10/3/23, 7:58 PM

womp womp


9/29/23, 2:03 AM


9/29/23, 2:03 AM

Wow..just wow. Ridiculous words I know. I just stumbled across your poem as this is my first time on the website and I landed this masterpiece. As an immigrant myself, I could relate to several aspects of this. Your use of imagery, symbolism, and allusion is outstanding


9/17/23, 8:43 AM

Powerful. Spreading the truth some don't think about, some don't have to worry about. A great and strong piece.

9/16/23, 2:41 AM

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Aisha Yaakub

8/25/23, 10:35 PM

Excellent and amazing

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