Monday 23 April 2018

Poetry Monday: Sun

This week's theme for Poetry Monday is "Mr. Sun" (or "the sun" if you prefer). Join Diane, Delores and me as we share our thoughts on our closest star. You can read a poem or write a poem and leave it in the comments on any of our blogs. Or you can post it on your own blog -- if so, please leave us a note in the comments so we can find you.


I'm taking a pass on Poetry Monday this week. Work has been busy; life has been busy; nothing is gelling in the poetry brain cells.

Instead, I've combed through my photos to find the ones that show off what the sun can do.




Sunlight reflected from the moon

Creating a water mirror

Revealing the colours in light

Coaxing crocuses out of hiding

Keeping the blooms and greenery happy

Creating shadows

The sun is pretty versatile, isn't it?

There's one more thing that comes to mind when I think of all the sun can do:  make a basking kitty happy. And I didn't have a photo of that. (Above kitty is slinking, not basking!)

To fix that, I turned to .......

Ah, that's better. This post was FAR too serious.


Have a good week, everyone! I hope you get just the right amount of sun.

Update: Next week's topic is "in the yard" . . .

Note to UK readers: To help clarify the topic, the North American "yard" is the equivalent to "garden" in the UK. (But for the OTHER meaning of "yard" -- as a unit of measurement -- we all agree!)

And now I'm wondering what our friends in Australia call "the yard"!

Remember, use it how you wish, or feel free to choose any topic of your liking :)


Elephant's Child said...

Each and every one of your photos gives us more than 1000 words of poetry. And I do love a basking cat.

River said...

I love the water mirror and shadows and of course the basking kitty determined to get no tan lines.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jenny, I know the feeling well of being so busy both inside and outside the home that you don't really know what day it is. Things improve thank goodness, then you'll have more time and thoughts on more interesting leisurely pursuits.

Unlike you, as I am retired I have more time, therefore no excuse in not coming up with something for Poetry Monday, so here is my offering today.

The Sun

How many negatives become positives,
With the Sun?

How many dark rooms become bright,
With the Sun?

How many frowns turn to smiles,
With the Sun?

How many heavy steps become light,
With the Sun?

The Sun is like a tonic
That fortifies our aching souls,
For light and warmth and comfort,
Far away from the Arctic Poles.

We've had a long wet dreary Winter,
With snow and wind and rain.
It's always a pleasure to see the Sun,
To get away from Winter's pain.

We are rejuvenated! We feel alive!
We're not weighed down with heavy clothes.
We can spread our arms out wide open
And worship the Star that glows.

'See' you next Monday. Have a good week and take care.

Joan (Devon)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

A picture is worth a thousand words and your’s are are lovely. I especially like the ‘kitty on deck’ shadow photo.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Mr Sun

Mr Sun
Rarely had fun
When the day was done
He crawled exhausted into bed
Images of Hong Kong in his head
Remembering words his father said
“We live to work and then we’re dead”

Mr Sun
Rarely had fun
But he had a daughter and a son
They worked in the business too
Along with his dear wife Madam Xiu
Once they went to Scarborough on a train
They walked on the beach and it started to rain
Never would they return again
Riding home, sighing, Mr Sun said
“We live to work and then we’re dead”.

only slightly confused said...

We both ended with a delightful kitty photo this time.......

Red said...

Well, that's a pretty sneaky post . You take the topic and run with it using photos. You tied things together very nicely.

Martha said...

These images are their own poetry! The sun is beautiful. We've been getting oodles of it in the past couple of day. With warm temperatures to go with it. Ahhhh, life is good :)

37paddington said...

this is a wonderful photo poem!

Diane Stringam Tolley said...

Bwahahaha! Yes, far too serious! But very, very pretty! ;)

Marie Smith said...

It’s off to a great start, Jenny. A few more days wouldn’t go astray, would they?

jenny_o said...

Cats love their spot of sunlight, don't they? Thank you for those kind and encouraging words, EC. I wish I could have squeezed a few of those words out onto the computer screen!

jenny_o said...

Thank you, River :)

jenny_o said...

So true! It's been a long winter for so many, and that sun is a very welcome sight. I think the feeling of fewer clothes is one of the best things about the finer weather. Thanks for contributing your work again this week!

jenny_o said...

Thank you, Arleen - that cat and deck are quite photogenic. It's hard to go wrong.

jenny_o said...

Well done, YP! Thanks for your poem again this week. I thought of this angle for Mr. Sun but couldn't figure out how to make it work. I think my brain is fried :)

jenny_o said...

Yes - and I very nearly used YOURS as my last photo! lol I saw it on the lolcat website as well, and it was so appropriate for this topic! I loved your poem this week.

jenny_o said...

When your brain is mush, sometimes you have to cheat a little :) Thanks for your encouragement, Red.

jenny_o said...

Thanks, Martha - I'm so glad you're getting some fine weather!Your last sentence sounds like something a cat would say if they had words - lol

jenny_o said...

Thank you, Angela . . . I still feel like it was cheating, though :)

jenny_o said...

Thanks, Diane! I'm heading over to your place in a moment!

jenny_o said...

And I think those few more days are in the forecast, are they not? Finally, spring!

dinthebeast said...

Beautiful photos. We're getting a lot of sunshine around here just now. I think I need to water the potted garden again today, and I watered it gay before yesterday, which was the tenth anniversary of my stroke.
I've come a long way since then, it would seem, but luckily there still seems like there's a long way to go.

-Doug in Oakland

John M said...

Nice collection of photos

e said...

Great photos, and your kitty things always make me chuckle!

jenny_o said...

Ten years . . . I imagine there were a few memories running through your mind . . . you've worked hard for your improvements; I hope you continue to see gains.

The sun is a welcome sight to many people this spring. More than usual, it seems.

jenny_o said...

Thank you, John! It was nice to re-visit some of my photos.

jenny_o said...

Thanks, e! I can't take credit for the kitty things, though - ha ha

I hope you're feeling better this week.

LL Cool Joe said...

The basking cat avoiding the tan lines cracked me up. If only we could all sunbathe so freely. :D

Great set of photos.

Not only do we Brits have gardens and not yards, we also have metres not yards. Although some of us, of a certain age, still cling on to inches and have never quite embraced centimetres. :D

Steve Reed said...

I love the shadowy deck photo! You may have taken a pass on the poem, but your photos are quite poetic. I'm also glad you photographed the crocuses before the deer got to them. :)

jenny_o said...

You know what? We've had metres and the whole metric shebang in Canada since the seventies, but like "some of you" I'm still clinging to my Imperial system, too - ha ha

jenny_o said...

Yes, I have the evidence that something once grew in my flower bed. For a short time. :)

I wish I could have come up with a poem, but everything I wrote was just awful! Maybe I should have posted it as a farcical poem!

baili said...

OH my !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you first image has hold my eye and it took effort to remove them for quite looong!!!

tremendously POETIC image ,what a beautiful and lucky shot dear Jenny!

yes sun is source of life on earth and doing his duties brilliantly
since my childhood i am in love with him and most of my eyesight is lost because i try to look straight in his shining body

here we say yard to area before the rooms

Lots of love and best wishes for you and dear mom Jenny!
take care

Diane Henders said...

"No embarrassing tan lines" - bahahaha! Wishing you lots of sunny days - happy spring! :-)

Terry said...

The only thing I can say about the sun is don’t fall asleep in it.i did and I ended up as red as a beetroot. I’m still living it down.

jenny_o said...

Thank you, baili! I love your phrase that the sun is "doing his duties brilliantly"!

It's interesting how words are used around the world!

jenny_o said...

Same to you, Diane! I wouldn't advise sunbathing on your deck like the kitty does, though :D

jenny_o said...

Ouch! A bad sunburn is so painful. And sometimes embarrassing :)

Diane Henders said...

That wouldn't end well. For those of us in the "fish-belly-white" category, sunbathing only happens while wearing SPF 60. And a hat, long pants, and long sleeves. ;-)

Jono said...

Very nice theme and accompanying images. My cats would like the name of your model.

jenny_o said...

Hahaha! Your cats would probably like the sun he or she is basking in, too :)

jenny_o said...

Hahaha! I get you. Another fish-belly-white here. My husband can tan more in one day than I do all summer. It's not fair :)

Terry said...

Every good photographer sees things that others don’t

jenny_o said...

Yes, there is quite a bit of individuality that comes out in a photograph, isn't there? You're right.