Sundown’s Showdown

It was the last time they’d touch–
back to back, the earth and sky,
each one waiting
for the other’s pacing,
a chance to draw and die.
Sunset invades their characters,
endings and beginnings in a single step.

Their fanciful parting may mean nothing–
another duet dissolved into duel.
Standoffs often lack climax;
is it leaving or staying that makes us fools?

© khartless 2021, All Rights Reserved 

Artwork “Surreal Sunset” Antonio Insulla


  1. what an amazing picture and poem: capable of multiple interpretations: made me think of ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘High Noon’ –a strange conjunction, and that tantalizing last stanza; what a trip 🙂

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