Thursday, June 12, 2008

Unruly Sun!

It's been nineteen days with no sun. My flu has turned into bronchitis. We've had a winter storm this week, which is only remarkable because it isn't winter!

But it's back. A hole has opened in the clouds and the sun has come back. I was beginning to think it never would.

I feel too crappy to jump up and down, so instead, here's a poem to celebrate the return of the sun.

The Sun Rising

by John Donne

Busy old fool, unruly sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains call on us?
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late school boys and sour prentices,
Go tell court huntsmen that the king will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices,
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

Thy beams, so reverend and strong
Why shouldst thou think?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long;
If her eyes have not blinded thine,
Look, and tomorrow late, tell me,
Whether both th' Indias of spice and mine
Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.
Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear, All here in one bed lay.

She's all states, and all princes, I,
Nothing else is.
Princes do but play us; compared to this,
All honor's mimic, all wealth alchemy.
Thou, sun, art half as happy as we,
In that the world's contracted thus.
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy center is, these walls, thy sphere.

3 comments:

Taminator said...

You should be singing "Here Comes the Sun!" Seriously, I know you're glad to see it. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Shirley said...

I had bronchitis a few weeks ago so I really know how you feel. It will get better! We could use some of your cool weather right now, but I know you would appreciate the sunlight.

Tess said...

We've had brief glimpses of that mysterious, elusive shining orb up here. Glad to know it's appeared somewhere here in the PNW!!

Love the poem :)