Abendschein, Inspired by the Hudson River Sunset

A poem by Peekskill resident Jack Burns.

Thie poem was written by Jack Burns for his wife 15 years ago. The lovely sunset a few weeks ago reminded him of his work and inspired him to contribute the poem to Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch. Jack's wife Dorothy died 11 years ago in March.

ABENDSCHEIN (A work in progress)

We sit in the sunset, next to the River,

In November.

The clouds over Dunderberg are dark,

Black, nearly, brilliantly red beneath.

The sky beyond the clouds is, She says,

“Sky-blue Pink.”

She has always liked Abendschein.


The sun, now, in November, at sunset,

Moves inexorably toward Stony Point;

Toward Haverstraw.

In a month it pauses,

Bounces back toward Grassy Point,

Toward Iona, toward Popolopen,

Where it pauses again, reverses.


A half-century ago, one Popolopen sunset,

I asked her to go to Inspiration Point

To count the lights on the Bridge.

Abendschein fading, the stars

Over Bear Mountain flickered alive;

The one hundred watt stars on Iona, steadier.

            “We can’t see the lights on the Bridge from here,” she said.

            “I’ll be damned,” I said.

She chuckled.

Shar December 04, 2011 at 11:57 AM
I understand what he means, from my window on the hill ...I can see the sunset across the horizon each November until December and back the other way again, until the leaves hide the Sun in late April
Eileen Burns December 04, 2011 at 08:10 PM
My father wrote this for my mother 15 years ago! Thye were in love from the day that they met. I am so proud of him. He loved her and took care of her until the day that she died. And he still writes beautiful poetry. <3
Katie Schmidt Feder December 04, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Lovely poem. Eileen - your comment made me cry because my Dad also took care of my mom for the last two years of her life after a stroke. She died right before their 60th anniversary. I don't know that he ever wrote a poem for her, but the love and loyalty certainly shone through. May we all have such romance!
Eileen Burns December 05, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Thanks, Shar. Growing up with the parents I had, we always watched, as I still do, as the sun traveled back and forth each year, up and down the mountains across thr river.
Eileen Burns December 05, 2011 at 01:15 AM
What a sweet tribute to your parents, Katie. Yes, love, devotion and romance.....and the sun traveling up and down the river.


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