Orange to Black

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
March/April 2016

Kyle Lotke

Come on
Come on
Come on

I bolt to the window
Quick as lightning,
with a gasp,
my mouth drops open

the sun is swiftly sliding into the water,
an orange marble sinking into the horizon
infusing the river with orange dye

I think
where does it go?
does it sink into the river with a swoosh and a swish?
does it dissipate into good dreams for the night?
I drift to my bed

I realize
I am a sun
sinking into my bed

but I feel nocturnal,
my eyes are glued to the ceiling
I stare
and stare some more
into the darkness

that darkness
that is feared and loved
that darkness coating you in black
that darkness
like the bottom of the ocean
that darkness
wishing you good dreams
that darkness
regenerating you
until the sun seeps in
shining in with a warm hello
transforming the darkness to light
giving hope for a new day

Orange to Black Kyle Lotke

Kyle Lotke, 10
New York, New York

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