Green Flash

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green flash at sunset

The legendary green flash is real.
After more than fifty years
living on the coast
and countless sunset viewings,
I finally saw it,
as the last slice of ripe tangerine
slipped into
the horizon’s expectant mouth.

I had thought it a tall tale,
much like mer people
or mythical giant squid
sworn to drag down ships of old.

My friends also saw it.
Leaving the sand
where we’d played our games,
we stopped to watch
the barest visible edge
of sun being swallowed.
High fiving, we shouted in unison,
It’s real! I saw green, too!

 

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