How the Sunrise Impacts the Memory: A Poem

Updated on December 14, 2017
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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 | Source

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.

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Early morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, NC
Early morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, NC | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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. Sol is the Latin name for our closest star, but we generally use the word “solar” when speaking about the sun.

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      • Tim Truzy info4u profile imageAUTHOR

        Tim Truzy 

        5 days ago from U.S.A.

        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.



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        Tim Truzy 

        4 months ago from U.S.A.

        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.



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        Tim Truzy 

        5 months ago from U.S.A.

        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.



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        Tim Truzy 

        7 months ago from U.S.A.

        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.




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        Tim Truzy 

        14 months ago from U.S.A.

        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.

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        Mark Tulin 

        14 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Thanks for helping me to be mindful of the sun.

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        Nikki Khan 

        14 months ago from London

        Thanks Tim.I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and A great festive time to enjoy.

        God Bless you.

      • Tim Truzy info4u profile imageAUTHOR

        Tim Truzy 

        14 months ago from U.S.A.

        Thank you. The sun is one of God's great blessings to us. I'm glad you liked my poem. I appreciate you stopping by today.

        May your Christmas be merry and your New Year peaceful.


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        Nikki Khan 

        14 months ago from London

        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 info4u profile imageAUTHOR

        Tim Truzy 

        14 months ago from U.S.A.

        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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