Watching the Sunset


Last night
After dinner
We went outside
To sniff the wind
And listen to
The getting-dark sounds.

There was a new dog
Roaming around
Behind our woods.
And that raccoon from last month
Came by again.

This morning we heard an owl
Calling before sunrise.
Arya was worried.
I wondered if
We would hear it again later.

Then the sky got very bright and pretty
like the fireplace looks when mom says,
“Stay back! It’s hot!”

Mom came outside and watched the sky, too.
She said, “Ooo!” and “Ahhh!” and “Ohhh!”
She was very happy.

It got dark.
We all went inside the house.
Mom put the dog door cover on
So no strangers could come in.

Then we went to bed
And wondered
What a sunset smells like.