I was thinking what better way to welcome March than post some of the last of the sunset fiestas of the season. Soon it will get warm and then hot, and hotter. The skies will become languid and I'll miss this splash of colors at twilight.
"Splendor of ended day floating and filling me,
Hour prophetic, hour resuming the past,
Inflating my throat, you divine average,
You earth and life till the last ray gleams I sing...
...Wonderful to depart!
Wonderful to be here!...
...Wonderful how I celebrate you and myself
How my thoughts play subtly at the spectacles around!
How the clouds pass silently overhead!
How the earth darts on and on! and how the sun, moon, stars, dart on and on!...
...O amazement of things--even the least particle!
O spirituality of things!...
...I sing to the last the equalities modern or old,
I sing the endless finales of things,...
...O setting sun! though the time has come,
I still warble under you, if none else does, unmitigated adoration."
[Excerpts from Song at Sunset by Walt Whitman]