Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ The Sun

“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.” 

― Emily Dickinson

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
"You owe me."
What happens
With a love like that,

It lights the whole sky.” 
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Midweek Motif ~ The Sun

There is an event, called Sun-Earth Day: 

"Sun-Earth Day is a joint educational program established in 2000 by NASA and ESA. The goal of the program is to popularize the knowledge about the Sun, and the way it influences life on Earth . . . The day itself is mainly celebrated in the USA near the time of the spring equinox. However, the Sun-Earth Day event actually runs throughout the year . . ."  (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The structure of the Sun

And we are coming up on the March Equinox, spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere:  
The March equinox (or Northward equinox) is the equinox on the earth when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading northward. The March equinox is the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

Chichen Itza pyramid during the spring equinox – Kukulkan, the famous descent of the snake

But as Poets we are free to use the sun as myth, symbol, mood, etc:

Ra in his solar barge

Your Challenge:  Make the sun the center or the central image of this week's poem.

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.
Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.
. . . . 
(Read the rest HERE at Poem

by Emily Dickinson

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields –
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!

For those who are new to Poets United:  
  • Post your Sun-centered poem on your site, and then link it here.
  • Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
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(Our next Midweek Motif is "captivity" : 
thinking of terrorism, slavery and other violence.)

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  1. Good morning, Old Egg, you beat me here by a minute or two! Today sun rules the Northeast USA, but will not really warm it. Brrr. This weekend Spring arives here, but next weekend it might snow. March, named after the war god Mars, lives up to its name! I'll be back in a few minutes, coffee in hand. My poem is dancing around in my head ...

  2. A sunny good morning from Devon...the sun is shining but it's cold...all in all a de'light'ful prompt (sorry..maybe it's bad pun day too) Thank you!

    1. Not such a bad pun, really. I might have missed it if you hadn't pointed it out. Good to see you, Jae Rose.

  3. Another rising Sun for your prompt today Susan....

  4. Spring and even Summer showed a face here, in mn, ha, now - back to normal cool gray of this days when prompts quick stepping with each other....I guess....~ Thanks for Sun, Su-San :)x

    1. Used to have the name Sanli Dzo--long ago. You may have the sun any time you want, a kinder and gentler one! Thank you.

  5. What a gorgeous prompt, Susan. Quickly jotted down a few lines for you..shall come back tomorrow to read the other poems. Thanks!

    1. Thank you! It is so good to see you! Impressive "quick jot."

  6. I fixed your link, Leslie. It was coming back to Poets United.

  7. sorry my first entry linked back to here...

    1. Do mind taking one off so Im not there twice - thanks :)

  8. Thanks Susan
    Im on the moon or something. Love the warm theme prepping us for Spring!

    1. Thank you for the warmth of your poem.

    2. Hello Moonie,

      Umm still waiting for your mail!! :)


  9. Oh my goodness, it is 2:09 p.m. and I just realized it is Wednesday. Late as always.......This is an intriguing prompt, as it is wide open in any direction. I shall be back.......

    1. Not late, Sherry! This prompt is open through Friday.

  10. I love the sun! Thank you for all of this inspiration, Susan!

  11. Lovely little poem excerpt from R L Stevenson.I remember this from an illustrated poetry book I had as a child back in the age of the dinosaur.

    Sunshine equals happiness and I took this take on my poem which I cannot submit at the moment because Mr Linky for some reason does not allow me to do it when you are all sound asleep in bed and I am in the middle of your next day. Tonight ( our time) when you are all awake it usually comes good. Nice prompt !

    1. Thanks, Rall. If you don't get in on your next try leave another note. Maybe it's something I can fix.

  12. Lovely prompt Susan ~

    I am posting now during my lunch hour but will be back later to visit and comment ~

    Have a good week everyone ~


    1. Hello Grace,

      Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.. appreciated :)

  13. This is such a good prompt, yet I couldn't get any ideas 'til now. Thanks for your prompts every week. They push me to think a little.

    1. Hello Myrna,

      Yes I agree with you! Its so encouraging!

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  15. Challenging prompt :) I decided to try the diamante poetic form for this poem

  16. Susan,

    I'm still adjusting to being home from my holiday in California. The sunshine, the beauty and time zones!!
    I wanted to create a poem, which remembers those days when the sun does not always shine, for everyone..Thank you for this opportunity and prompt.


    1. Hello Eileen,

      Thanks for stopping by! Oh.. how was your holiday? :D

  17. I saw the prompt and it really spoke to me. I am a bit late, but I will get around to reading everyone's work tomorrow. Spring is due to arrive shortly.

  18. Late inspiration from the eclipse.


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