After cats, sunsets are the commonest internet meme
True to form,
Profligate of lilac gold and crimson
Someone has strewn a brand-new sunset
Across that slate horizon to the west.
Nature shows us
Colossal purple petals billowing in a high art-glass globe.
An iridescent pale green horizon curls lizard-like
below a cobalt vault where ardent little stars squeal to be born.
Long shadows drape the beach, omens of a darkness
Whose dominion will soon be beyond dispute.
A chorus line of brilliant embers
dances hissing on a darkening sea.
Science instructs us
That stratospheric particulates from distant volcanism
(Popocatépetl, or Borneo perhaps, where a tsunami followed)
Abetted by grass-fed prairie fires in Manitoba and Ukraine
Are responsible for this phenomenon.
(People were injured far away, and desperate damage done
So this could happen here. At the time
no one suspected.)
of such wanton beauty, beyond the wild pleasures it ignites
(a mere flux of dopamine, says Science, in the mesolimbic telencephalon,
as if it were a question meant for Science)
is lost on me.
Merely that it is
will have to do.