Sunset in Kruger National Park

sls: Sunset in Kruger National Park | South Africa

Setting sun whispers goodnight
amidst clouds wafting quietly;
the Acacia trees hum
in chorus with indigenous insects,
and the far mountains
sing counterpoint.

I’d never been there before.
Yet the song is strangely
deeply known to me.
I am changed forever
having experienced this sunset
in Kruger National Park.

Nineteen hours flying time
is traversed in the blink of an eye.
I step inside this picture
and I’m back on the trail where
I took it, reliving those sensations.
The driver was gracious enough
to stall our trip back to camp,
as he preferred to gaze and share
with us his charges
the last moments of the sun’s descent.

The image and the feeling are forever
a part of me, no photo needed.
Instead it represents my attempt
to capture at least the picture of it
to share the event with others.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is for the napowrimo prompt #6, converse with images. Visit the post to see the details of this prompt.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

  • honoredebalzac

    Oh Shari, How beautiful this is!
    Pamela

  • http://slstellingstories.com Shari Smothers

    Pamela, thanks for sharing your response. I'm glad you liked it.
    Shari

  • http://slstellingstories.com Shari Smothers

    Hi Chantay:
    I'm glad you liked what you read. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Shari

  • honoredebalzac

    Oh Shari, How beautiful this is!
    Pamela

  • http://legacyleonard.blogspot.com/ Chantay Leonard

    This was a lovely picture, and the poem fits the image well. Nicely done.

  • http://slstellingstories.com Shari Smothers

    Pamela, thanks so much for sharing your response. I'm glad you liked it.
    Shari

  • http://slstellingstories.com Shari Smothers

    Hi Chantay:
    I'm glad you liked what you read. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Shari