Author, Speaker, Advocate, and Entrepreneur

Author, Speaker, Advocate, and Entrepreneur
Valerie Anne Burns


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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Amber Glow


Amber Glow

For this month's blog, I'm posting an original poem (plus a bonus poem) from my City College Creative Writing Class. Amber Glow is inspired by current times and Pandemic isolation... a routine state of mind and emotions in the early morning hours:

Amber Glow

In the orange radiance of early morning,

Heavy headed from dreams and distress,

I sit with green-black tea in hands, sighing.


Through my picture window of longing,

Staring, staring in palpable loneliness.

Massive trees are lit with the low sun moving,


Upward to a too blue sky as the sun is rising,

While hummingbirds dart for sweet sustenance,

And a faithful mockingbird is fervently singing.


I beseech nature to deliver days of raining,

Restore faith lost in a chaotic time of sadness--

To bring peace to a mind continually racing.


An intricately orchestrated soft morning,

Where the divinity of nature dances,

Unaware of human thoughts darkening.


On the last sip of tea in a day unfolding,

I dream of reprieve and renewed joyfulness,

Another heavy slumber to squelch aching--

To wake once again to amber dawn glowing.

Bonus Poem



our eyes fixed

my straps fall to the floor

hands know me from lifetimes before


Valerie Anne

Keep on swimming through life,

Valerie Anne Burns



  1. I adore this, your latest poem. It's rich with feeling, expressiveness and realism. It took me somewhere. Keep writing this cathartic poetry. I can feel your soul in it.

  2. And Sehvet....sensually mysterious.

  3. Amber Glow is powerful with the conviction of a strong voice, shouting in the silence of the morning. The stillness as the narrator reflects on the normal expectancy of the familiar mockingbird singing and the darting of hummingbirds without notice of the darkening humanity and the thoughts racing through the mind. This is beautiful. Sehvet is provocative and sex, filled with passion and love. Stunning.

  4. Lovely, the colors in Amber Glow, the sense of lush touch in Sehvet.

  5. Your words so colorfully and powerfully paint the pictures of a beautiful amber sky so early in the morning mixed with the emotions of loneliness! Very moving! And Sehvet, wow HOT HOT HOT!!!

  6. I love both of these! You paint such a beautiful picture with your words. It touches the spirit! What a gift you have!