Killarney Sunset Hui Lai Chong

there is fire on the lake tonight
the mist is tangerine and heavy with smoke
I breathe it in as though I could exhale the sun
dipping into shadows of purple
the coolness mocks the sky
my feet want to wade in the blue
but I am rooted on the shore
afraid to burn
waiting for the moon
to extinguish the flames

“The Winter Park Paint Out 2012 – International Poetry Competition hosted by Mark Andrew J. Terry as a poetic extension of the Winter Park Paint Out where twenty-six artists who specialize in en plein air painting come to Winter Park, Florida, USA and paint. This poetry competition allows a poet to pair with an artist and respond to a painting with poetry in this unique cooperative and hopefully complimentary competition.”

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