Santa Fe, Sunset

The sky was purple tonight
painted at sunset with deep
orange, flaming across
the open sky, reflecting
soft pink into the scattered
clouds. In the background,
the blue mountains rise
and fall, soft breathing
with the rotation of the Earth;
millennia come and gone
and still, the painted sky
as day recedes into
plum and indigo, bright
white orb of day gives
way to a brilliant horizon
scattered with color, streaked
across the wide open
and reflecting across us
the hills pink with remembrance.