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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.


Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on January 27, 2021:

Currently, researchers have developed small solar panels which can be attached to houses to produce enough electricity to power tiny devices during the dark. These panels will be useful in poorer countries where electricity is expensive. Enough power can be produced to power a light bulb, a radio, or a television for a short time during the night. Our sun is quite the helper of all humankind. Thanks for dropping by.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on May 12, 2020:

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar telescope captured the best detailed of the sun ever which were released in late January. Percolating bubbles of plasma were clear along with bright points related to the magnetic fields of the star. Still under construction in Hawaii, the telescope which provided these photos will help scientists better understand space weather along with other research, reported in Science News. Our sun is a star with many roles. Thanks for dropping by.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 25, 2019:

Launched in 1972, the Voyager probes have crossed into interstellar space after nearly 41 years. Both Voyager 1 and 2 have viewed the edges of the magnetic bubble of our sun, finding different results because the area which borders our solar system from the rest of the galaxy is always changing. Apparently, our sun produces energetic particles which reach out to the very rim of our system. Thanks for visiting.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on November 19, 2019:

According to a study done by scientist at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, our sun actually helps with the breakdown of plastics in the ocean. Certain types of polystyrene can degrade in a few decades or a couple of centuries with exposure to sunlight, as reported in the N.Y. Times' article. Although the researchers point out concern is justified for the amount of plastics in the ocean, factoring in what happens to such trash because of sunlight should be considered. Our sun keeps making headlines because it is a star, of course. Thanks for visiting.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on November 16, 2019:

Serious research goes on all over the world concerning our sun. For instance, in order to understand our star during its early years, scientists are studying nearby “sunlike” stars. One such star is Iota Horologii, which is about 56 light years from Earth. Carefully examining the magnetic cycle and other aspects of the star will help scientists better recognize characteristics of our sun. Researchers can also determine better how the evolution of life on Earth was influenced. Thanks for the visit.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on April 26, 2019:

According to recent findings, in about 660 B.C., our Earth experienced an incredible solar storm. Some suspect it had ramifications for the development of life on the planet. Our star is certainly the surprising hot spot. Perhaps, we will learn more from that little probe orbiting our star. Thanks for reading. - Tim

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on February 10, 2019:

In December of last year, the Parker Solar Probe sent home images of our sun. The craft is now the only man-made object to come so close to our life sustaining star. Among the surprises, according to NASA scientists, was a plasma stream coming from Sol which the probe took pictures of during its flyby. Who knows what mysteries the Parker probe will help us solve. The article appears in Science News.

Thanks for reading.



Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on October 18, 2018:

I continue to comment on the adventures of the Parker Solar Probe as it races toward our sun. Apparently, some of the sensitive equipment and the heat shields were tested at a solar furnace in France. This solar furnace can produce temperatures up to three thousand degrees Celsius, enough to turn a piece of wood into smoke. According to Science News, the little probe is in route as of August 12, 2018. NASA expects to receive messages from the Parker Solar probe as early as December. I look forward to learning more about Sol.



Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on August 27, 2018:

On Aug. 4, 2018, NASA was planning to launch the Parker Solar Probe, named for Eugene Parker, who predicted the existence of "solar winds." The launch had a glitch, creating a delay. However, the Parker Solar Probe is the first NASA spacecraft to be named after a living person, according to the N. Y. Times.

According to Science News, the probe will fly up-to about 6 million kilometers close to the sun. It will dive through hot plasma, exploring the corona. The probe will use the new technology of "heat shields" to protect sensitive instruments on board. The spacecraft will travel at 700,000 kilometers an hour at some point, making it the fastest moving human made object in our solar system. This is great news. We will find out more about our star, and the European Space Agency will be launching another probe in 2020 to explore Sol.

Thanks for reading.



Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on July 16, 2018:

I just read an article which was startling and comforting at the same time. Apparently, it "rains" on our sun. In the upper atmosphere, our life giving star releases hot droplets from clouds of plasma, according to a report appearing in Science News. It is apparently part of the sun's regular activities. I smiled because rain on the sun is part of the cycle of keeping the sunshine flowing to Earth.




Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 21, 2017:

Thank you for stopping by and reading my poem. Our sun is definitely the star of our solar system, not needing a spot in a Hollywood film or on a boardwalk. Have wonderful holiday moments and memories. Thank you again.

Nikki Khan from London on December 20, 2017:

A wonderful poem and detail about sun is so interesting.

I love sunset and it’s colour scheme on sky is one of wonderful things Nature has for us to inspire by.

Thanks for sharing.

Many Blessings.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 16, 2017:

When I wrote this poem, I chose to construct it primarily in iambic format because the sun rising is a very predictable occurrence. It's also a nod to English poets who are masters of I-Am.

But I am reminded of how sitting outside, with my cup of tea in the morning provides me with motivation for the day. Tomorrow is never a given, but the sun allows me to work with the day I have before me. While enjoying the brilliant memories of the past, I let the sun shine on my day.

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