Sally Clark poem: Unattended


Fredericksburg Poetry of Sally Clark


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I love to write at dusk,
that time of the day
when the shift is changing,
the sun is clocking out
and the moon is running late
and for just a little while
the sky
is left unattended.



Author’s Notes: In May of 2014, I wrote this poem, being inspired by nothing much at all, just the setting sun and the time of day when there are no shadows. I read the poem at my writers group, Hill Country Women of Words, and Megan Willome remarked that she really liked it. The next year, Megan was contacted by T.S. Poetry Press in New York to write a book about poetry for their Masters in Fine Living Series. Megan asked me if she could use “Unattended” and I was thrilled to be a part of her book with a poem and an interview.  The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save, & Make Your Life With Poems was published in 2016. If you live in or around Fredericksburg, contact Megan at to purchase a signed copy.


Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
Sally Clark

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