Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Oh, for the poetic beauty of sunrises & sunsets in Minnesota May 1, 2017

 

SOMETIMES I WONDER if nature can offer anything more beautiful than a sunrise or a sunset. But then I have not seen the mountains of the West or the deserts of the Southwest or the ocean other than the Atlantic once.

 

 

Still, the sunrise and sunset are universal. We all see the same sun, just in different places.

 

 

Farm fields and a wide sky backdropped my youthful vision of the sun. To this day, for me, there’s nothing quite like a prairie sunset, the blazing ball of the sun overwhelming the southwestern Minnesota landscape. Those childhood memories leave me grieving for the sunsets I’ve missed while living in a valley within a city for 33 years. Hillside and trees filter and block the sinking sun.

 

 

Still, living in Faribault, a southeastern Minnesota community situated along rivers and lake, gives me an opportunity to view the sunset waterside. And there is beauty in that, too, in the reflections that dance poetry across water backdropped by a day shifting from twilight to dusk to dark.

 

 

FYI: These images were taken in mid-March from the shores of Wells Lake at King Mill Park along the Cannon River in Faribault. Click here to see additional photos of the above sunset as I entered Faribault along Highway 60 from the east.

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Writing poetry as the sun rises

My fingertips linger within a mere whisper of the keyboard
as I pause, half-thought, words interrupted mid-phrase,
to tilt my head toward the window and the sunrise
spreading gold and pink across the sky like jam on toast.

In that morning moment, I desire nothing more
than to dip my fingers into the jar of dawn,
to sample her sweetness, to taste of her earthy goodness,
to delight in sunshine and rain and succulent fruit plucked from vines.

But language beckons me back to the keyboard,
to dip my fingers into the jar of words,
to choose and shape and share the poetry that rises within me,
in rhythm and verse upon the breaking day.

 

FYI: My poem about the sunrise published in Poetic Strokes, A Regional Anthology of Poetry From Southeastern Minnesota, 2012.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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16 Responses to “Oh, for the poetic beauty of sunrises & sunsets in Minnesota”

  1. Wyonne Long Says:

    Being a Minnesotan living in Oslo, Norway, area, I am delighted with your love of Minnesota that you share with ME!

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Love this poem about the sunrise —beautifully crafted. I am blessed to be able to watch the sunrise over the lake every morning I am home from my bed. This morning it is cloudy and windy and blowy and the sunrise is not spectacular and yet it is till there–beckoning to me. Thanks for sharing your words. Beautiful. .

  3. **In that morning moment, I desire nothing more
    than to dip my fingers into the jar of dawn**

    Yes, I’ve felt that!

    Lovely. xxx

  4. BEAUTIFUL!!! Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  5. Another beautiful poem and pictures too

  6. Valerie Says:

    Wonderful poetry…wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Susan Ready Says:

    Lovely poem filled with images and metaphors and I do like this line too
    reflections that dance poetry across water backdropped by a day shifting from twilight to dusk to dark.

  8. […] Audrey Helbling’s Minnesota Prairie Roots blog on sunrises and sunsets prompted me to think of the quote recently. Read her beautiful  poem entitled “Writing poetry as the sun rises” here. […]


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