We are within one of month of the summer solstice now, and the direct rays of the sun are very intense. It is this, more than the heat, which makes me long for the milder days of the year, just as I often feel in midwinter, when the sun is dull and chilly.
Sonnet to the Midsummer Sun
The month of May has come and with it fire
Of Sun upon the earth as his eyes turn
With gaze unblinking; brings the Sun’s heat, dire
And long and made of molten gold that burns
Whatever thing he touches, still to learn
Like Midas he may love and yet destroy,
Though bringing gifts of life to those he yearns
To hold in his embrace without alloy
Of fear. Good Sun, the heat may more than cloy
Our pleasure in your presence; glance away
And let us bless your gifts of gold with joy;
Or blink, and we will laugh with you and say
How much your rays delight us, as of old;
But do not melt us with your molten gold!
I’ve been experimenting further with writing very brief haiku. Here are some results.
The first glow,
the thousand voices
I wrote an even briefer three-word depiction of this.
This one is almost a riddle.
a long tail’s whisk,
We have quite a few different sorts of lizards here. This was one of our typical whiptails that darted quickly back into a clump of agaves as I walked by the front of the house.
Happy weekend to all my readers!
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Your sonnet is beautiful, and describes very well both sides of the sun-medal.
The haiku are great. Keep experimenting. I love that. And the riddle one was really perfect. It read like lizzards move. Great write.