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Sol - a pantoum

The following poem is of the form called Pantoum, which first appeared in Malayan literature in the 15th century.
As there's just one
This, our only star
We call it "Sun"
Others are too far.
This, our only star
Great and new each day
Others are too far
To guide us on our way.
Great and new each day
Cannot wish for more
To guide us on our way
Warming to the core.
Cannot wish for more
To keep us from fading
Warming to the core
Creates even shading.
To keep us from fading
Solid ball of fire
Creates even shading
Sunshine is what we desire!
Solid ball of fire
Bringing us the light:
Sunshine is what we desire!
Covering the night!
Bringing us the light:
Keep the heater on
Covering the night!
Beginning with dawn.
Keep the heater on
Burn the bright air!
Beginning with dawn
Day will turn out fair.
Burn the bright air!
Let's play our game!
Day will turn out fair
We're glad it came.
Let's play our game!
We call it "Sun"
We're glad it came
As there's just one.



Glen Wheeler, 1993, 2004

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