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"Sunset" by Chip Ghigna
Oil on wood, 12" x 32"

Each Shadow Has Its Sunshine

Each shadow has its sunshine.
Each rainbow has its rain.
Each sunrise has its sunset
So it can come again.

Each songbird has its silence.
Each nighttime has its day.
Each thornbush has its rosebud.
Each December has its May.

Each beginning has its ending.
Each ending has its start.
Each comes and goes because it knows
It has a counterpart.

©Charles Ghigna


Amy LV said...

So true, and so lovely and soothing too. I love the seesaw balance of this. It's a comfort to think about this, Charles. a.

Violet N. said...

What a big poem, in a little space!


Renee LaTulippe said...

Lovely! And, as Amy said, so soothing, too. The perfect counterpart to your son's painting. :)

jama said...

Beautiful pairing of poem and painting!

Liz Steinglass said...

Lovely. And perfect for the last day of school.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you all for taking the time to comment!
I'm a lucky dad to have a son whose art inspires poetry!

Ruth said...

I like this! Thanks for sharing it.

Tabatha said...

Hi Charles! Great poem. I like Amy's "seesaw balance" comment. ("Nighttime" has a typo. Thought you would want to know!)

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Ruth and Tabatha.
Appreciate your comments.
Thanks T for catching my typo.
I always fall asleep at "nighttime."

Linda B said...

I like this too, as Liz does, for the last day of school. We said goodbye to students yesterday, & those leaving for high school, while so excited, were also so sad. Thank you for the rhythm & careful rhyme, Charles, & the beautiful painting by your son.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Linda. Appreciate your comment. I will share it with Chip. May the summer lead your dancing shoes to new adventures!

Mary Lee said...

Lovely, and so true. It's like the litmus lozenges in BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you, Mary Lee!

rena traxel said...

So true and a reminder to look on the bright side.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Rena!

Mrs. Liver said...

What a beautiful poem and so perfect for this time of isolation when people feel like there are shadows and it's POETRY MONTH. Love your poetry. Using them with my students grades 2/3.
Take care.