The Sun Goes Down ft. Kathryn Sullivan

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This beautiful, raw, and moving poem was written by my dear friend Kathryn Sullivan. I backed up her spoken word based on ideas she shared and it was a really rewarding endeavor!


Quiet sun you go down so slight and faint.
Strong glare, so sweet, my window paint
warms your sturdy palm’s touch, but cannot taint
the Outside cold. The days are old,
And memories sweep dusty corners
Forgotten answers untold adorn hers,
All spoken words: just was and were
Sun, we are past tense.
as callused fingers pluck tender strings
The soft notes ring
into the bitter air where tensions break as we cling –
That to describe this feeling is as hard as tack.
Emotions linger, only hinder
Motions forward, moving toward
A life full, but it lacks

Which is fine,
Which is good. You could have never been my should.
My should have stayed, my should have kept,
I would have filled tear jars and wept.
We were not to last,
My Sun and I,
Though dancing orange lights still cast
Shadows, yours and my
Own years
On pavement
We fell hard my dear.

So that was that,
and now we’re done.
Perhaps you’ve won,
You slipped by first,
I missed you worse.
You sunk far away from me;
And from darkness I wasn’t apt to flee.
It happened fast,
So fast I didn’t see it last.
And rarely now you take my thoughts,
And ever rarer my mind clots
With images and longing-ness,
And disbelief of our last kiss.


from Chronic Dreamer, released July 17, 2015
Lyrics/Poetry: Kathryn Sullivan



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Donna Vatnick Boston, Massachusetts

Inspired by nature and story-telling, Donna Vatnick blends folk, jazz, bossa-nova, and acoustic styles into her original pieces. Her first album, Ode to the Sea, was inspired by growing up on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Rolling on the waves of change is always challenging; songwriting is a comforting companion for a wandering rower. ... more

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