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Monument at Sunset

My last evening in Germany

By Ahna LewisPublished 10 months ago Updated 10 months ago 1 min read
Walking up the hill on my way to the monument

Soft blue melts into a blush of orange

Purple gray clouds frame the silhouette of land

The treetops still earthy green, but fading

Sloping downwards at the Painter’s command

I sit in the grass and earth of hillside

Remembering past dreams and past friends


When the blaze of sun dips down slowly

The rays still cast against wildfire sky

I wonder if this is a sunset forever

The final parting between you and I


The church bells echo through the valley

Tolling memory, loss, and life

The gentle breeze, the chirping crickets

The stillness after evensong

The sun is gone, but the light remains

the burning gold, a reflection of dawn

The hill behind the monument

Author's Note: After five years of living in Germany, I wrote this poem on my last evening in my beautiful Black Forest village. I loved living there, and I still miss it every day.

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About the Creator

Ahna Lewis

Just a high school English teacher who never quite got over her dream of becoming an author. :)

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  • R. J. Rani10 months ago

    Stunning! Thank you for taking us on such a sublime journey and sharing such a beautiful place with us 🤗

  • A treasure of the home you found for yourself there. A memory to carry with you always, even as you make a home for yourself elsewhere. Beautiful.

  • Caroline Craven10 months ago

    Beautiful. Felt like I was there. It’s funny how some places just stay in your heart for all time.

  • You painted this picture so well. Absolutely beautiful Ahna!

  • Mohammed Darasi10 months ago

    Beautiful poem.. you can clearly see the love you had for the place, and your grief for the thought of leaving it forever 😊

  • Iris Harris10 months ago

    Maybe one day I’ll be able to experience as well. 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾

  • Leslie Writes10 months ago

    This sounds like a beautiful place. Thank you for taking me there for a moment with your lovely poem 💖

  • The only thing more beautiful than your photos were your words. It was like a song! I loved it so much!

  • Dana Crandell10 months ago

    I felt your loss in this, Ahna! Beautiful memories!

  • Naomi Gold10 months ago

    Beautiful! Iceland is number one on my list of places I must go someday, but Germany is a close second. I especially want to visit the Black Forest! And see some castles and drink some Riesling. It so great that you were able to encapsulate your memories through poetry your last night there.

  • Gina C.10 months ago

    This place sounds sooo peaceful and beautiful. I loved the poem - and also the fact that this remains vivid in your memory. Stunning!

  • Donna Renee10 months ago

    Such a beautiful poem to describe such a beautiful place! Those photos are stunning ❤️❤️❤️

  • Roy Stevens10 months ago

    Baden-Wurttemberg is so beautiful! You catch its essence wistfully and with longing in this poem Ahna! Lovely and elegiac. 💔

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