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Aurora Borealis

When all hope has faded, that's when they come.

By Lena FolkertPublished 9 months ago 1 min read
"Aurora" © Lena Folkert, 2023. Created with Wombo Ai


Days whittle away,

Inevitably growing darker with each waning moon.

Sunsets come so early. Sunrises so late. Blink, and you've missed it.

The light has gone, and this transition exhausts me.

Radiation that once seemed so deadly

As it burned and blistered my pale skin

Cries out to me, "you will miss me soon."

The hope of summer has left, carried away on the songs of the birds that fly south for the winter.

In the months of silence and darkness that follow, it is easy to lose yourself to the unrelenting thoughts of giving into the despair.

Oh, but there is hope. Over the bay, on a distant horizon it flashes. Brilliant green, blue, and purple as rich as the fireweed in the peak of summer.

Numb to the pain in your frostbitten fingers, you watch in awe. Your half-frozen soul begins to melt as they dance, lighting up the northerly sky. And you remember why you stay.


Art & Words © Lena Folkert, 2023.

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About the Creator

Lena Folkert

Alaskan Grown Freelance Writer 🤍 Lover of Prose

Former Deckhand & Barista 🤍 Always a Pleaser & Eggshell-Walker

Lifelong Animal Lover & Whisperer 🤍 Ever the Student & Seeker

Traveler 🤍 Dreamer 🤍 Wanderer

Happily Lost 🤍 Luckily in Love

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  • L.C. Schäfer6 months ago

    My favourite line is the second T. I paused to read it again. More than once. "The hope of summer has left, carried away on the songs of the birds that fly south for the winter."

  • The Dani Writer8 months ago

    I don't know how I'd manage in that environment that you described so beautifully. Your writing talents are a deep dive.

  • Some lovely natural words for the acrostic challenge

  • I once saw the northern lights dancing across the sky in South Dakota. I woke up my wife to see them at 2 a.m. She was neither impressed nor amused.

  • Sometimes we just have to take a step back to realise the worth of it all and we'll know why we stay. Such a beautiful poem!

  • Andrew C McDonald9 months ago

    Beautifully written and touching. Great job

  • Mariann Carroll9 months ago

    This is great poem, there is hope for the new day . I love how you used nature with the feeling of imagery

  • Babs Iverson9 months ago

    Loving your aurora borealis poem!!! Wonderfully written!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Real Poetic9 months ago

    I love a good nature poem! Well done.

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