David Dayton
Jul 12, 2022


Photograph of the sun setting over a ridge on the far side of a body of water, with autumn-colors among the trees in the foreground. Photographer: David Dayton.
An earlier version of this poem appeared in The New York Quarterly, #25, 1979.

Spreading a stain of ripe mango
The sun dissolves among plum-colored clouds

We have come out again to watch
And talk quietly or not at all
Grateful, taking solace

Like a last thought before sleep
A dove homes toward the glowing rim
Dragging a blue sheet
That turns black when no one is looking



David Dayton

See https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/david_dayton Here, you’ll find draft chapters of a memoir and drafts of poems to be published in a book on Amazon.