Another quote from my yet to be published dog story:
I shut off the engine, seeking to take in the significance of this moment. The world around me continued to march on. Lanterns fastened to our house flickered rhythmically in the lengthening shadows. Songbirds filled the air with music. Clouds, painted red and purple by the setting sun, mourned the loss of their companion as the horizon swallowed its golden prize. Colorful leaves fell gently to the ground like parachutes in the intermittent breeze.