Deep inside the earth’s core, magma buckles and mountains peak. Give me a lever long enough, wrote Archimedes, and I could move heaven and earth. See how the universe expands into the darkness, carrying with it light beyond the Milky Way? As we drive west across the Continental Divide, neither smoke of wildfires nor soot of car exhaust can block the muted rose of the sun’s rays, last hurrah before nightfall. Oh the shadows are always with us as they seek to block the light, yet ribbons of pink and peach persist, lingering on the horizon. Like abalone or mother of pearl, we are both castaways— the sun’s ray on cold rock of earth— the marine shell stranded on distant shore, deep indigo of the ocean now shipwrecked on the sandy beach, muted colors of pink and peach unfurled in the contours of the abalone shell: a distant mirror of the sun.