Monday, December 1, 2014

Sunrise-Sunset--By Joyce I. Johnson--United States


The sunset glows in the wide Western sky,
placed there by the Master from on high.
Reds and golds of various shades
are splashed in mounds of beauty
on his huge blue canvass.
I watch as sun drops
over the edge
until it
sinks in
it will rise
from behind peaks
into Eastern sky.
Once again reds and golds
are brilliantly painted on
the clear sky with abandonment
No mortal painter has access to
the magnificent colors of the Lord.

Joyce I. Johnson lives in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Washington State. She owns a small farm and rents her land to a bulb grower. She is surrounded by beauty in the spring from the tulips and daffodils that inspire much of her poetry. Joyce celebrated her 96th birthday in July of 2014.


  1. well said Joyce. Have a blessed Christmas

  2. Joyce, thank you for your sharing your beautiful, colorful poem that brings God's handiwork to life! His artistry reveals His glory for all to see...God bless. ~Chris

  3. Love the great Double Etheree poem. It is wonderfully written. I could well picture your words. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.
    Love, Charlene

  4. Hi, Joyce, your poem is sort of like Shape Poetry or Etheree poetry and you seem to have cleverly kept the balance and thought in tact, too........... very nicely done! Sheri

  5. Joyce, love the painting you created here by your words.. :)! Thank you for sharing.. :)

  6. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following--

    I have always enjoyed your poetry Joyce and tis one is no exception. I cherished your writings and comments for years on Poetry Soup. I relish especially the last two lines of Sunrise Sunset "no mortal painter has access to the magnificent colors of the Lord." Powerful. Thank you Joyce. Let's pray for each other to the Almighty Artist.

    Bob D

  7. A lovely Double Etheree, Joyce, splashed in attractive imagery. Take care. // paul

  8. Hi Joyce. Love the poem and the format. That is very unique. I don't think I've seen a poem formatted like that before and I love it. Nice work. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  9. love this, especially the last line, Joyce. Beautiful

  10. Hi Joyce, I am a fan of the Etheree, and this double Etheree is just beautiful! Colors of the fitting for the season and your words make them come alive. Blessings for the holidays, Connie