Beauty contest

Looking out my window
At the sky
I am certain that sunrises are,
Generally speaking,
More beautiful
Than sunsets.
Hands' down; no doubt about it.

But looking over the bay in the late afternoon
I change my mind:
For spectacular beauty
Sunsets win out over sunrises.
No contest. Case closed.

The problem is
A few days later
My certainty about the superiority of sunsets fades
As a particularly rosy-fingered dawn
Over-rules my belief system.

And so it has gone
These past 50-odd years.
Believing one thing at dawn,
Another at dusk.

                                              -- Panama, January 23, 2005

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