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How Sunrise Impacts the Memory: A Poem about Daylight Arriving

Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

Sunrise over a field of North Carolina soybeans

Sunrise over a field of North Carolina soybeans

The Importance of Sunrise in Art

Sunrise is often depicted as an important transitional time in art of various forms. Sunrises in art express a change in awareness of a person or groups of people. This time of day is symbolic of an awakening as demonstrated in many literary works and other artistic endeavors. Master painters such as Raphael used sunrises in their work for this reason. In the 1960s’, songs about the sun arriving at the beginning of the day to end the darkness are played on airwaves across America and the world. Indeed, the morning has inspired numerous prayers and poems.

In poetry, English poets used the sunrise as a theme for centuries. William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 33,” is renowned for its depiction of the power of the morning. American poets often referred to sunrise in their work as well. Of course, Shakespeare and these creative individuals are not the only great poets to notice the sunrise–it’s a reoccurring image with resonating meaning in creativity the globe over. The poem which follows adds to more poetry about our closest star and how it impacts our lives.

Early morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, NC

Early morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, NC

When the Sun Arrives at My House

Sun rays tapped my shoulders ushering me,

Into timeless meditations of mine,

Portraits of introspection intersect,

Where my wilderness hugs my suburb intertwined.


Brushed banners flowers free swaying to sunlight,

Radiance of triumphs reminding me,

Sacrifice secretes even blossoming,

Arousing the passions still and slumbering.


Reflections in water my thoughts flowing,

To places where sun never stops shining,

Snowy penguins marching with seals in mirth,

Ice melting the Great Tea Kettle of Earth.


Steam whistling me to a cup of sun,

Upon the steps played reruns of yesterday,

Beam down channeled from mighty satellite,

Station changing from my dawn to my noon.

Sunrise over North Carolina's Lockwood Folly River

Sunrise over North Carolina's Lockwood Folly River

Magic Matilda metallic monument,

Raced to crimson skies of mountain morning,

Trees sentinels eyed my speedy ascent,

Peaking where blue merges with whitest of clouds.


My memory drives through valley foliage,

Torpedoed by tornados of loathing,

My first love my heart punctured the abyss,

Moon bowing sun chasing black skies to light.


On beaches crisp morning Aunt Sally laughed,

Sands scuttled sparkling tirades of joy,

Currents carrying remembrances of Sally,

Light embracing her where she dwells now.


Window in glow mystic mirror faded

To spaces recalled with tenderness age,

Seen recorded by dazzling star above,

Listening to my demise and rebirth.

Sunrise over Oak Island, NC

Sunrise over Oak Island, NC

Facts About Our Sun

The star that provides daylight to our planet is fascinating because it inspires poetry and other works. But the sun makes our lives possible on this world. We could not exist without the sun. It provides heat, plays a role in influencing weather, and the sun is needed for agriculture. Many ancient cultures, such as the Aztec and Incas, worshiped the sun or honored aspects of its contributions to life. We still study the sun like these long gone civilizations for fun, science, and inspiration. Below are some facts about the sun.

  • The sun is immense. Over three thousand Earths can fit into the yellow dwarf star. In fact, the sun is the most massive body in our solar system.
  • The sun has a diameter of 870 thousand miles, resting at the center of our solar system. Earth is about 93 million miles from the sun. Our star’s energy flows outward in two forms of radiation, electromagnetic and particle. The sun is powered by nuclear fusion, and it is made up primarily of hydrogen.
  • The inner core of the sun is the hottest part of the star. The corona is the outer atmosphere of the sun. Yet, Voyager 1 and 2 have moved beyond the heliopause, the boundary area of the sun's magnetic field at the edge of our solar system. These probes have traveled farther than any objects made by humanity in space. However, NASA has other probes observing the sun, including a pair of probes called STEREO. Sol is the Latin name for our closest star, but we generally use the word “solar” when speaking about the sun.
The sun inspires us.

The sun inspires us.

The Sun In Literature, Poetry, and Song

Without question, the sun is a powerful symbol in literature, lyrics, and poetry. The beginning of the day is symbolic with revitalization and initiating new ventures. The afternoon in literature may signal a point of decisiveness, such as in old Wild West novels. The setting sun can signal the ending of a struggle or the start of trials with the arrival of darkness. Songs also capture such emotions in lyrics, reminding us how important our star is to life.

In no particular order, below are thirteen songs expanding on these ideas. Notice songs about the power of the sun cross genres and have a variety of themes. Indeed, in 1977, the state of Louisiana chose, “You are My Sunshine,” as the official tune for the state. Composed by Davis and Mitchell, this song captures the metaphoric strength of the sun to inspire us every day, influencing how we live and create. For these reasons, I’ve provided the artists, release years, and titles of the tunes below. But there are plenty more if you wish to explore.

Songs Featuring the Magnificent Symbol of the Sun

  1. Alter Bridge. (2013). Further Than the Sun.
  2. Beatles. (1969). Here Comes the Sun.
  3. Betsy Sise. (2005). Sunrise Soliloquy.
  4. Bill Withers. (1971). Ain’t No Sunshine.
  5. Bruce Springsteen. (2014). Hurry Up Sundown.
  6. Fifth Dimension. (1969). Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine.
  7. John Denver. (1971). Sunshine on My Shoulders.
  8. John Nash. (1972). I Can See Clearly Now.
  9. Lindemann. (2015). Children of the Sun.
  10. Miley Cyrus. (2015). One Sun.
  11. Neil Diamond. (2003). Captain Sunshine.
  12. Sammy Hagar. (2013). Father Sun.
  13. Trace Adkins. If the Sun Comes up.

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