Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Sky Looks

photo © Mark Butkus 2016

The sky looks...
The sky looks the color
Of what the sky typically looks like
Standing on the Second Street Bridge at dusk
Looking south
It is the first evening
Of the first day
Of the first full month of autumn
The sun is setting to the west
Beyond those blocks to the right
Beyond the block I live on and my neighbors live on and
Beyond downtown Long Beach
Past the LA River and those hills
That twinkle like fallen stars when I walk along the beach
The hills above San Pedro
Where the sun sets behind
And beyond that
The sun slides into the ocean
But I don't see any of that tonight.
I am standing on a bridge
Facing south.


— Mark Butkus