The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

Another reason to love Thomas.

So I was going through a bunch of stuff in my room (in slow preparation for the big move later this month) and came across a poem that my dear friend Thomas wrote like ten years ago. [Note: I don't feel old enough to say things like "ten years ago" about things or people that still feel recent or regular.] I'd forgotten all about it, to be honest, but I remember when I first read it, and how beautiful it was to me, then. It's interesting to find that one of your best friends, who is such a boy all the time, is simultaneously writing beautiful words. Did he share them with everyone? I don't remember. Some of the other boys were writing, then, too, but much more painfully, as I recall. They were writing to exorcise, whereas Thomas was writing to express, it seems. Anyway, I couldn't resist revisiting those memories and reprinting it, here:

The Sunset

Warm crimson sunlight shower of sunset

Cascading rain of light upon my head

It snares me like a tangled fishing net

The warming rays of light like weighted lead

As I gaze toward the vast orange, pink

It fills the sky, the very utmost height

Like molten liquid, down a kitchen sink

Like a huge runaway cloud-chasing kite 

This site, being borne on the suns shoulders

Vanishing to waters of sapphire

The clouds glow, hanging, a sky of boulders

The water, land, sky, all lit afire 

This enchanting place, a true paradise

Sunsets will come again, just to entice


Tom John Frank

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