Jay Mandeville

(February 16 / Kansas City, Missouri USA)

Children of the Midwest Sun

We are the children of the Midwest sun:
its light has weight, measured musical tones.

'Come along, ' sang Empedocles,450 BCE,
'and I'll tell you a tale of the Sun's nativity:
how the land, and rapid air,
damp vapors and the sea,
that bind Titan's circle 'round the earth,
all spring from the same identity.'

For the great Sun God, the Egyptian Ra,
lordly Mithras of the Persians,
Greek Apollo bright-orbed,
the majestic Incan Sun, Druid Stonehenge Sun,
Chinese, Indian, and Australian Sun
are all One...
its light has weight, measured musical tones.

We are the children of the Midwest Sun:
the buzzing insects, beasts and birds,
and creatures that ride the waves in herds,
down the Mississippi basin and out to the world.

This phoenix-like maelstrom earth
in truth is but a shard of ashes and vapor,
for eons in labor,
to which the Midwest Sun gave birth.

We are the children of the Midwest Sun:
its light has weight, measured musical tones.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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For a radio broadcast celebrating the Summer Solstice in 2010. The thematic phrase forming the title was provided by Dwight Frizzell.

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  • Diane Hine (7/27/2012 8:50:00 AM)

    The fifth stanza is particularly fine - thinking about the Hadean especially, and the light does seem to have weight, or force like sound waves. Repeated first lines is a good conclusion. (Report) Reply

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