Sunset Safari

Photo: Romesh Athaide
Botswana beckoned
with a Chobe-river sunset cruise.

Drifting lazily
on a boat
watching wildlife appear
on the river bank
peeping between tall foliage
was breathtaking.
Elephants taking their last drink
midst hippos and crocodiles swimming by
drew gasps of wonder.

The day’s fatigue evaporated
in the glow of a fiery orb
playing hide-and seek
with a cluster of trees
leaning over to touch
the water lapping on serenely.

The sky, a symphony of
eye-popping color
signified the end of the day.

This sacred moment
was a reason t to adore Mother Nature
inspiring an  upward mood swing.

A blend of reds, orange, and yellow
splashed across the world
mirrored in the calm, glossy water
now instantly candy colored.

Thhe  hush of evening hung low
interrupted intermittently by
an Afrrican Jakana walking bird
walkingr across the water
on flimsy floating greens

What a perfect conclusion
to a God filled day!


Special thanks to Victor Reyes for 
formatting today's poem.

Viola Athaide, a student of Theology, is actively involved in parish life, leading Bible courses, the Prayer Group, and the Ministry with Maturing Adults.

  • Wendy McCreath
    Posted at 07:11h, 05 July Reply

    Just beautiful images. Thank you , Viola! By the way, if you haven’t read any of Alexander McCall Smith’s book series “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, led by the intrepid Mma Ramotswe, do so. They will make you fall in love with Botswana too.

  • Lorraine Majcen
    Posted at 09:54h, 05 July Reply

    So beautiful and awe inspiring!! Thank you for sharing Viola.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 11:15h, 05 July Reply

    The glow of sacredness in the natural beauty of life endowed to humanity for our common care, brings the hush of god filled memories alive.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 11:31h, 05 July Reply

    Thank your for the poem, Viola.

    “Sunset Safari” has pictured the beauty of nature, beautifully composed with a serene ending.

    Have a God filled day !

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 15:50h, 05 July Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Ana Maria Rodriguez Sanabria
    Posted at 14:23h, 06 July Reply

    Perfect harmony and picture. Your poem relaxes the reader!! The Holy Spirit inspires the poem, Viola writes it for us!!!
    Ana Maria

  • Maria Lobo
    Posted at 15:17h, 06 July Reply

    What an awesome team……………..!!!
    Your amazing photo, ROMESH…and your vibrant ‘poetic’ banquet of words, VIOLA, draw “gasps of wonder” from us.
    Thanks for reminding us so powerfully, about the author of all creation…our God of Wonders!

  • Sue Woollard
    Posted at 21:16h, 06 July Reply

    Lovely Viola. Sounds like an experience I’d love to have.

  • Andes Kwok
    Posted at 12:58h, 07 July Reply

    Beautifully written poem and it brings back memories of the peace, colour, tranquility of the African sunset. Thanks

  • mario coutinho
    Posted at 17:03h, 12 July Reply

    nd tranquil beauty unsurpassable even by imagination a piece of paradise. These natural scenes fill our hearts and souls with heavenly peace
    Thanks for sharing Viola and Romesh!

    • mario coutinho
      Posted at 17:11h, 12 July Reply

      A natural scene of tranquility and beauty unsurpassable, even by imagination, a piece of paradise. These natural scenes fill our hearts and souls with heavenly peace.
      Thank you for paradise recaptured right here on earth. Viola, and Romesh, thanks for the beautiful picture you took.

  • Jacqui Hubbard
    Posted at 10:33h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture and the awe inspiring meaning behind it. Love reading your poetry.
    God bless you.

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