“Just A Day” by Shirley Ballard



an early morning sunrise

touching the dew

on a sleeping city

making it sparkle golden…

slowly rising from the east

until its full glory

marks midday.

crossing the sky

it makes its way west

before it shares its splendor

sinking below the ocean’s greedy arms

but not without a final gift

of intense molten gold

before vanishing

in the black sea of the west

until tomorrow.

Shirley Ballard


(86yrs.  Miss. CA. 1944, actress)

Foto by L. K. Thayer

© 2011



  1. lkthayer · January 20, 2011

    Shirley, my favorite poem so far of yours…”sinking below the oceans greedy arms”…brilliant! I love you, your BFF Lisa 🙂

  2. Lordy · January 20, 2011

    Love the line “Until tomorrow”…………Sends out hope!!

    A lovely golden poem

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