And Night Must Fall by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Sometimes the sun sets without much fanfare—

a gentle greying of the afternoon

as all grows slowly dark. Tonight, though, pinks

and reds compete with orange, purples share

the sky with greens that seem haphazard, strewn

among the clouds in technicolor inks

that don’t blend so much as they lend distinct

brilliance to each other.

There is a glory to the blaze that is

the setting sun tonight: each hue succinct,

each shining. Does it know a human eye

is watching or does it matter to this

display that is not made for me at all

but made because it’s made, and night must fall?

Juleigh Howard-Hobson edited an Arêtes Vakreste Boker award winning Norwegian anthology: Undertow. She served as assistant poetry editor at Able Muse and is a Million Writers Award "Notable Story" writer. Her work has earned an Alfred Award, an Anzac Award, as well as being a Predators and Editor's top ten finisher. She has been nominated for the Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling. A poem of hers has just been honored with an Orison Anthology nomination. She has five books published. Her most recent collection is Our Otherworld (The Red Salon Press, 2018).