The Sun on My Face

A beautiful day in east central Texas today, and some of what you’re about to read actually happened on my morning walk. In my mind it’s all true, and it’s definitely all good! I’ll let you decide what’s real and what’s not.

The Sun on My Face


I stood there

Head tilted back

Eyes closed

The sun on my face


The sound

Of a twelve string

Began to play

A tune I didn’t know


I smiled

And God smiled back

It doesn’t get

Any better than this


As I continued my walk

I wondered

Did He say that

Or did I


Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn

Posting this to Gooseberry Garden’s Poetry Picnic Week 23

Also sharing at dVerse Open Link Night ~ Week 29


  1. talking with God can be like that, he invokes in us what he wants when we really listen! an inspirational write, happy gooseberry day! 🙂

  2. Taylor said

    amazing walk, with the sun on your face.

  3. booguloo said

    Maybe one of the last Kodak moments… now that they may be going under… Anyway it’s a beautiful moment shared. smiles…

    • Everything–including Kodak–has its time in the sun.
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  4. Mr. Watson said

    Love it ! I couldn’t help but to smile 🙂

    • Wonderful! I love it when I can make people smile!
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  5. Wander said

    Again another fine poem Charles! Simple and sweet, I think you should say jinx firsy you bolth spoke at the same time…

  6. emanita01 said

    Charles, this is a really lovely poem ❤
    Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    • It was definitely one I thought needed to be shared, Emanita!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  7. Zoe said

    Oh how lovely – and how precious of you to share those glorious moments of communion in the sun. Sigh. i needed this today – as always, I knew I would find something to bless me here with you…

    • What a wonderful comment, Zoe! It blesses me to know you come to my blog for a blessing!
      And, it was one meant to be shared. A special moment indeed!

  8. I love this, I can feel it completely as I read, I know exactly how that would make me feel and I can smell the warmth and hear the music. I love moments like that. :] xx

    • The music was amazing, Catie! I had seen the guy on his front porch on other days, and usually he was just tuning up or plucking random stuff. But yesterday, he came out and sat down just as I walked by, and broke into a really cool, blue grass kinda thing. I stopped and listened–as described–then turned and gave him a thumbs up. He smiled and waved, but seemingly never missed a note. The music followed me the rest of the walk. It was simply awesome–a gift. The sun on my face… what can I say.
      Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment!

  9. chimnese said

    an amazing poem….. i liked the ending of this poem…

  10. Becky Sain said

    THAT is the question isn’t it?
    Nicely done, as always!

  11. kez said

    cool how I wish for warm sun on my face just now …thank you for sharing .

    • The warm sun on my face that morning–more than ever–felt like a kiss from God. The music was as if He sang to me. It was awesome!
      I wish for the sun on your face also, kez.
      Thank you for the comment!

  12. terri0729 said

    That is just about as lovely as it can get! Thanks for the uplift today, Charlie!! Blessings, Terri

  13. zongrik said

    talking to God, but did God talk back?

    • He always does. The trick is, we have to be listening.
      Thanks for the visit and commeent, Zongrik!

  14. Love your talk with God..and digging the sound of a twelve string.

  15. Raivenne said

    “And it was good.” Excellent write, made me smile.

    • Oh-Kay! Thanks, Raivenne!
      I’m glad it made you smile!
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  16. Love it!! The little moments we have with God are like the best times of our lives.

  17. Absolutely lovely … intimate moments with GOD … what could be better?
    Thank you for sharing ~~

  18. claudia said

    nice…sounds like a serene and special moment…love the 12 string and his voice and smile of course..

  19. Simple and evocative – I felt almost there.

  20. Heaven said

    I love these moments of utter silence and joy ~ Nice voice, not too sentimental, but a light touch ~

    • It is what it is, Heaven. I calls em like I sees em!
      Thanks for the nice coment!

  21. ha a little 12 sting and the sun…i think from his heart to yours…who cares who lips it passed…smiles.

  22. ~L said

    I am struggling really bad this week and I read this and try and trust so bad because I use to have moments like this… you inspire me! This was beautiful!!!

    • I wish I knew what to say to help you, Layla. I don”t know that I’ve been where you are, for the reasons you are there, but I’ve probably been in the near vicinity for one reason or another. It doesn’t have to be that way, and we each hold the key that unlocks the door to peace and joy in our own lives. We simply have to choose to use it.
      I’m glad you stopped by, and I’m glad you like the poem.

  23. Love the ending… how nice to spend a morning walking and listening to God!

    • Yes! And I believe He’s available most every morning (all times of the day, actually!).
      Thanks for the visit and nice comment!

  24. Ravenblack said

    I love the ending, there’s a one-ness and connection with the divine, both in agreement. Such joy.

    • Yes, that’s the part that tops it off.
      Thank you for the visit and nice comment!

  25. David King said

    A question that is asked – or should be asked – more often than we usually imagine.

  26. Shawna said

    Your last stanza is great!

  27. elizena said

    I loved this and I was smiling as I read it. I heard music and felt the sun on my face and God was definitely smiling back. Awesome and thanks so much for sharing this. Blessings!

    • It was a magical morning, Elizena! So simple, yet so beautiful. I can still feel everything and hear everything, and I’m thinking it would make a wonderful final scene in a movie. (Okay, I’m getting carried away now.)

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