The Layer Cake Sky -Poetry in Five

Happy Friday my Friends!  Bringing you some free verse poetry/prose today as I link up for another Five Minute Friday with Lisa Jo and the gang.  Today’s 5 minute writing challenge word is RED.  I wrote mine on a sunset I saw a couple of weeks ago, that I wanted to capture on photo, but couldn’t.  It was one of those magical skies that made you feel like you almost were not on the street you live, but on some island in the Caribbean for vacation.


Yes my friends, sometimes the mundane can be marvelous!  That is something you will often find me doing here at We Live Inspired– really SEEING what is in front of me and sharing my perspectives on it all.  I hope that you will see those simple everyday moments through a beautifully, poetic lens as well.  Life can be quite magical you know, when you look for the magic!  So on to the 5 min. poem then!





The Layer Cake Sky

It was one of those rare sunsets that are so beautiful that you just stand in awe and stare with wonder (in our own smallness) at the beauty and grandness of God’s creation.

I was outside tending to some things in the garden when I saw it-

This glorious expanse of colors,

Shifting in the cool , night sky above.

Moments like this are better shared.

Running inside with the exuberance of a child,

I took my fiance by the arm and said,

“Get your shoes on.  You must come see!”

We stood there watching , as if the world belonged only to us.

I could have scooped that sky up with the tip of my spoon,

and savored it bit by bit, like the layer cake it was.

The bottom third, clear and glowing yellow,

Where the sun was slowly sinking down in to the horizon.

The top portion a billowy mixture of cloud.

Tinted Red,

with pinks like cotton candy dancing back & forth

Teasing us with their playful confectionery fluff-

Just like they did in the crisp air at the county fair when we were children.

“Where’s the camera, Matt?!” , I said.

I want to paint the sky.”

Alas, there was no camera.

“Put it in your memory “, he says.

“Then later, if you choose to paint it, we can test how good that memory of yours is…” , he said with a smirk.

Resigned to the fact that I would have to paint this sky someday from memory,

We stood there arm in arm and watched,

While the colors swirled and shifted across the layer cake sky-

Children laughing and playing in the streets, beneath it’s pink and red glow.

As a good friend of mine said,

“Moments like this are better lived,

and (usually),

The magic of the moment can’t quite be captured on camera anyway.”



©Rebekah Ann Stephenson


What magical moments have you experienced lately?  

Keep Living Inspired,


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13 Responses to The Layer Cake Sky -Poetry in Five

  1. Alia Joy says:

    Beautiful poetry. We had a sunset sky like that a few weeks ago and I was awestruck as well. Just standing there. No Instagram would do. Just took it all in as the sun sank lower and my kids raced around outside in magenta silhouettes. I’d like to see that painting of yours, strokes of memory and glory.

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      I am glad you enjoyed it and also had a beautiful sunset of your own to behold. Your words here were as beautiful and poetic as any poem :). I loved the last line you wrote in your comment. What a beautiful way to describe it. Now , if I do that painting..I think I will write on the back of it that line of yours as a reminder.

  2. Janet says:

    “Put it in your memory,” he says
    And you did. Lovely word painting. I love sunsets – I love sharing them – thank you for sharing yours.

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      I guess I did Janet :). Now it will be saved on these pages too. I like how you called it a word painting..I never thought of it that way. This is why I love hearing others perspectives. Thank you for stopping by to share my sunset with me!

  3. Vicki says:

    I adored this poem! You really captured it so well! I am always struck by God’s glory shining in the sunrises and sunsets!

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Oh , I am so glad Vicki! Well , if I couldn’t capture this via photo, at least I have it written down on this page :). God’s glory..what a great way to put it.

  4. Rebekah, your beautiful words would outdo a picture any day. I felt like I was standing right beside you.

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Thank you Shana! Maybe now that I have recorded that sky in words, I can paint it well from memory someday. 🙂 I am glad the imagery was so , that you were able to feel like you were experiencing it with me. Wasn’t that a beautiful sky? 😉

  5. AlyssaZ says:

    Love this! It completely captures the way I feel sometimes, admiring God’s handiwork. He is truly the Master Painter, the Master Creator, and just the Master. I hope you DO paint the sky one day just as you described it!

  6. Joy Lenton says:

    Such beautiful poetry, Rebekah. Sunsets inspire the poet in us all, don’t they? We search deep inside to capture, express and reveal the breathtaking glory of a sky aflame, a world rendered candy-flossed, layer-caked and simply perfect. Words seem inadequate and pictures don’t always do justice either. Though the image you have chosen perfectly matches your words, which are, as always, perfectly expressed. Thank you for sharing the wonder of this moment with your beloved. Xx 🙂

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Thank you Joy! Yes..sunsets do bring out the poet. For me nature period brings out the poet in me :). I am frequently inspired by all things around me, as when you stop and think about it , it is so amazing the way everything works!

  7. Lizzy says:

    Oh I love the imagery here! I’m a bit late to read this but glad I decided to catch up. And you’re right – a camera probably wouldn’t do it justice anyhow. Be sure to paint that picture someday 🙂