Golden Hour

August 6, 2020

By Emma Starr


This is golden day:

a single moment

that lasts for hours.


I am standing in this field

of brown, crisp grass and stubborn wildflowers,

where the scent of summer stays.

My feet are rooted

in the dark earth.

My eyes are closed,

but my mind is open,

absorbing the liveliness of this world.


My ears listen

to the orchestral buzz and whirr of cicadas,

the conversations between the birds,

and the laughs and sighs of the wind

as the trees sway like marionettes.


A whisper of wings

flickers across my eyelids.

I open my eyes,

and for a moment,

colors blur in a wild dance

from the interruption of new light.



I can see the dragonfly

now perched on the curve of my wrist.

A shimmer of light rides and glides

along the maze of the dragonfly’s wings

as they fold and unfold,

fold and unfold.


The wind’s warm breath coaxes the dragonfly to

skim, skirt, swoop, and sail

in a zigzag through the grasses.

My gaze lifts to a sky tinged

with amber and lavender,

scattered with sparse clouds

in the flood of golden hour.


I see the tiny wings flitting

upward, upward,

and my soul follows:

it rises, rises,

into the sleepy sunlight,

and for a moment,

it flies.


Emma Starr is a notorious bookaholic, contrary realistic-idealist, and lover of both the silly and the significant. Through God’s grace, she strives to live intentionally by pursuing her Savior’s shalom in every part of her life and bringing blessing to the lives of others. If you were to take a peek into her home life, you might find her singing around the house, teaching and practicing piano, doing homework, procrastibaking, doodling, collecting books for her future book vault, reading a novel in a corner, playing geeky board games with family and friends, or scribbling poetry. Things that make her happy include fireflies, cookie dough, good conversations, stargazing, sunflowers, and smiles. To see more of Emma’s work, stop by her and her sister’s blog, Seven Billion Smiles.


  1. Katherine

    So beautiful!! ❤️

  2. Ellen S.

    LOVE IT. 😍 This is a beautiful poem, Emma! I could picture everything so clearly. Fantabulous job, m’friend!! 🤗🤗🤗


  3. Joseph Ensminger

    Thanks for sharing, Emma! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I could feel myself out in nature, absorbing the beauty of it all. Keep up the good work!!

  4. Billie Anne Lovrich

    I closed my eyes after reading Emma’s poem, and I was transported to my family’s farm where I was in the “golden hour” so many times! Thank you, Emma, for the sweet memories. Beautiful poem!

  5. Lrose5

    Beautiful poem, Emma!!!

  6. Eliza LeBlanc

    Emma!! This is lovely! So vivid. Thanks for sharing it. <3

  7. Chalice

    This is wonderful, Emma! I love how vivid the images you painted are! Beautifully done!!

  8. Patricia Blanchard

    This poem stands in opposition to all we see going on in our culture today. Its glowing warmth contrasts the cold, dead, graffiti-strewn ugliness of the world. It celebrates all the senses and the gifts in nature granted to us by our Creator. It guides us to thankfulness and hope. Thank you Emma! Reading this gives rest to the mind and to the soul.

    • Emma Huckabee (Emma Starr)

      I’m so glad that this touched you! Thank you for your sweet comment!! 🙂💕

  9. eden anderson

    Emmaaaaa!!! This is so beautiful! 😍 I LOVE it.

  10. Autumn Meridia

    This is absolutely beautiful Emma! I love it! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Katrina Chan

    How lovely, Emma!

  12. Libby

    Emma, this is really beautiful. I loved the progression of the piece to that perfect end…
    When you describe how “the trees sway like marionettes” – that line just makes me want to laugh and dance away with them <3 Lovely job, my dear.

    • Emma Huckabee (Emma Starr)

      Ahhhh thank you Libby, my dear. 💕💕💕 I’m so glad you loved that line. 😭❤️

  13. Kenechi Duatron

    Ahhh Emma!!! *hugs* It’s beautiful!! <3 <3 <3


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