Three Ways of Saying The Sun is Setting
by Jayda Brain (Australia)
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.
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2/3/23, 12:21 AM
Reading this story was realistic and relatble
2/2/23, 11:27 AM
"I collected little glimpses of the north to hoard away for the future, like treasure" is such a beautiful line!
2/2/23, 11:23 AM
What a fascinating piece!
2/2/23, 5:21 AM
One of my favorite pieces ever published on Write the World!
2/2/23, 4:41 AM
Well done Everett on this powerful piece. I hope you continue to write!
2/2/23, 4:40 AM
Well done Genevieve - what a beautiful and evocative piece of writing!
1/17/23, 2:15 AM
This is so beautiful
1/16/23, 3:52 PM
I love all of it. It’s so real and so many feelings are there.
1/5/23, 6:02 PM
This is amazing. Do not ever stop. That is really inspirational, the whole writing piece made me want to help.
1/3/23, 7:19 PM
This article was absolutely amazing! I am so thankful to live in a country where periods and sex are fairly normalized, but I will never forget to educate myself about the lack of education others have. It pains me to know that in countries like India, girls are still put down about what they where and how they act. It was very brave of you to share your voice, and I commend you endlessly for that.
12/8/22, 7:25 PM
I really love this! I, myself, am not black, but I know of a lot of good black people. Sadly, I will admit, at one time, I used to think of a black community filled with gangs and poverty. But I know now how perfectly capable it is to live together if only we got rid of the stereotype that is so, so wrong. I do hope you accomplish this. This will great for our country.
Sorry but can't share the name
12/7/22, 10:40 AM
Basically I don't know how to react.
All the conservatives should be reading this.........