by Patricia Hope
1. Wash the palest yellow on the pre-dawn sky, then tinge it with streaks of orange as the night turns to day 2. Place the red ball of sun in the center, there, in the eastern sky just above the horizon. 3. Then fade the ball to a brilliant white against a blue sky 4. Rest for a while as mortals enjoy the day You have painted for them. 5. Then, as dusk descends, repeat steps 1-3, backward. 6. Dot the velvet of night with tiny stars, constellations, galaxies. Dab a sliver of moon there, just above the treetops. 7. Listen to the “Thank God” prayers for all I have given them, as they sleep in restful memory of a perfect day.
Patricia Hope’s award-winning writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Number One, Pigeon Parade Quarterly, 2021 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Living Lutheran, The Upper Room, Home Life, Mature Years, The Mildred Haun Review, Liquid Imagination, American Diversity Report, and many others. She lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.