White sails in the sunset

von Norbert Rath

The sun has set, but still you see its shine
that yet with power lights the sky,
the far horizon now appears as a dark line
on which the sails do slightly tilted lie.

To sail into the sunset means “go west”,
whereby you see the sun a second longer.
But finally you, too, will have to rest.
After some sleep the morning sees you stronger.

This strength helps you to cover the next miles
crossing the emptiness of the vast ocean.
Perhaps you pass some smaller isles,
leave them behind in forward motion.

How many sunsets will have come and gone
until you reach your aim depends on you.
The sun will shine as it has always shone,
you follow your ambition to come true.

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