Swallowing Sun

“Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing…” – John Ruskin


It breaks,
this day. Open,
like an egg. In golden strings,
strummed as song.

I gulp and grapple
between beauty
and duty. Wonder
when I might simply
slide a lemonyellow
slice upon my tongue.

It flees,
this breeze. Broken
in its own shell. We tell it stories,
and it carries them far.

A saffron lollipop of
longing, an unmelting
sorrow. A song bubble.
An orange rind, wound
’round. A portal for

Written for Sanaa’s sunshine prompt over at A Dash of Sunny. Come play! 






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12 Responses to Swallowing Sun

  1. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous De ❤ especially adore "A saffron lollipop of longing, an unmelting
    sorrow." Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support 🙂

    Lots of love,

  2. erbiage says:

    really like the pacing in the first and third stanzas, great use of punctuation

  3. erbiage says:

    Reblogged this on erbiage and commented:
    i really like the pacing in this

  4. M says:

    2 poems in a row with saffron!! ~

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Yes. I was already in the middle of writing this one, when I wrote the one that was supposed to be unlike myself, a surprise. Therefore “don’t say saffron” snuck in that one. 😉 Also I think I used saffron a week or so ago. It was fun to write unlike myself yesterday. I might try it again today.

  5. What is it about the sun that makes its light so appetizing? One day, we must have a Sol Potluck. ♥

  6. Jae Rose says:

    What a skip and a song – it is hard to choose my favourite image – but i think the saffron lollipop wins!

  7. She says:

    What a crazy-awesome image … you, trying to swallow the sun, but then it “breaks” on the way down. Well duh; it’s too big, silly. 🙂 But that you are ambitious enough to try, says a whole lot about you!

    “I gulp and grapple
    between beauty
    and duty.” … Holy cats, I love this. Also “duty, one dear.” Mine is particularly difficult at times. 😉 Don’t even get me started on the past two days …

    “when I might sim/ply
    slide a lemonyellow
    slice upon my tongue” … You are so good!

    “lemonyellow” note: So I love that you just have one “y” in the middle, but to me, it goes with both words; I read it as “lemony yellow.” But it made me think of this hilarious thing I do when I read/write poems: Any time I see a consonant-double (stacked or whatever), I read it as a bra size. So now I’m imaging a double-Y bra. 🙂

    “A saffron lollipop of
    longing, an unmelting
    sorrow. A song bubble.” … In my head, I am dancing around in the yard in pigtails, jumping in puddles to THIS magic. Even though you stuck in the word “sorrow,” it’s just sandwiched in so much joy that I don’t even care about the sad stuff!

    “A portal for dragons” … Your brain. Have I mentioned that it makes me swoon?!

  8. Sumana Roy says:

    such a beauty & i can so relate to “I gulp and grapple between beauty and duty.”

  9. A portal for
    dragons…… yes!

  10. oldegg says:

    So that is where the dragons got their fiery breathe from! How it helps to be in love with the natural world to express its feelings in this way.

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