Last night the sky threw a party.
The clouds were the first to arrive,
dressed in their clean white party frocks.
They mingled around,
politely admiring the decorations
and sipping their drinks
until the sun rushed in,
late as usual and out of breath,
and collided with the drinks table.
Orange cordial and pink lemonade flew everywhere,
drenching the clouds’ white dresses.
Those clouds were furious!
Their cheeks flushed red
and they yelled and yelled at the unfortunate sun.
The sky, always hating a scene,
tried to smooth things over
by bringing out the birthday cake.
They all sang happy birthday,
loudly and slightly out of tune,
as the sun shuffled forward to get a closer look.
But that clumsy sun got tangled in the tablecloth,
knocked the cake over, scattered the candles
and set the tablecloth alight! Grey smoke billowed out.
the sun slipped away from the party,
over the horizon and out of sight,
leaving the clouds fuming with anger,
their splattered frocks
smudged with grey.
The sky sighed.
It would try again
© Kristin Martin 2018
This poem was first published in Orbit, Issue No. 3, The School Magazine, April 2018. It is also in my poetry book, To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme? (Glimmer Press, 2019).
I loved how you used something so beautiful like a sunset and turned it into a wonderful poem
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amazing work i love the sunset and you keep doing what your doing and dont let anyone stop you
The sky is pink and red here where i live! We sometimes go on walk around that time! And it’s true, the sunset kind of does look like a party!
I’m glad you can relate to my poem.
I liked that you said it was a party it made it sound really nice
That was a cool poem. It was cool how you said that the sky was the party host and the clouds and sun were invited. Did you know that the sunset lasts for 70-100 minuets.
I didn’t know that. I think it is shorter nearer the equator.
I liked how you said that the sky threw a party, but it was really just sunset. This poem was so imaginative and amazing. What inspired you for this poem? I would love to know?
The sunset! I love sunsets, they’re like a party in the sky.
I like how you talked about the orange cordial and pink lemonade flying everywhere like when the clouds turn beautiful colours in the evening. This was my favourite part of the poem because it painted beautiful pictures of a sunset in my mind.
Thank you 🙂
Thank you. I love sunsets so much, and I hoped my poem would paint beautiful pictures in your head. I’m glad it did.
a sky party did sound great.
I’ve all ways felt sorry for the sun.
I’m intrigued by your comment. Why do you feel sorry for the sun?
A sky party sounds really fun
It was really interesting
I really liked the poem. If I had my birthday with the sun will it do the same thing.
It would be fun to have a party in the sky. I like to think of sunsets as parties in the sky.
I can relate to the sun ☀️
Always being late all ready about to arrive at the party and then realised that I forgot the birthday present racing back home then coming back again and then and arriving 15 minutes late
Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I hope you didn’t set the table cloth alight like the sun did! 🙂
this is a great poem I liked how you could tell what was going on and it sounded like someone was talking face to face with me and I liked how it was easy to understand all the words because they are simple
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I loved hearing why you liked my poem.
This is a great poem. I really liked how the words didn’t rhyme it just sounded like someone was having a conversation to me and you could tell what was going on with the simple language.
I loved your poem because you took a beautiful scene into a beautiful poem. I LOVE your imagination and the amount of description you added. Your poems are amazing.
Thank you so much! That’s so lovely of you to say that.
I love the personification in this poem and how you described the sunset as the sky throwing a party. The way this piece of poetry is written is really quite beautiful and I would love to hear more poetry like this in the future.
Thank you for your lovely comment. It has brought a glow to my heart.
I loved the metaphors you used in this poem Kristen.
This is my favourite poem!
Thanks! I love it too.
Sunsets are pretty.
hi Kristin love poem keep up the good work☺.
Yesterday I went to Semaphore beach and stayed till the sun set. I thought the sun was melted by the sea water and I worried whether sun will rise tomorrow. Im wrong. I saw the sun today.
That would make a lovely poem!
Soo beautiful. My birthday is in next month and I wanted to invite sunset for my party.
The sunset party sounds like lots of fun.
I liked how you said a storm was like the sky throwing a party
I liked how you said the sky was throwing a party It kind of gave a different perspective towards storms. Isn’t how you wrote this personification?
You are right, it is personification. I think it’s lots of fun to write. You could try to write a personification poem.
great use of personification in this poem!
Have you learnt about personification at school?
I like this poem the descriptions of the sky colours are cool.
This was a very funny poem because the sun usually is the star helping everyone but today it seemed clumsy. It made me laugh quite a lot.
I’m glad the poem made you laugh.
Same to me but still very beautiful to see.
I also think the sunset is beautiful. It is one of my favourite things.
I agree quite a lot Kristin.
Sounds so beautiful in the first paragraph.
I agree,Tharinsa. It is a beautiful sight.
I thought that the poem was really funny but I love looking at the sunset it is such beautiful scene.
It is a beautiful and funny poem mixed together.