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  • counting the Kelvins,
    the Fahrenheits, the ions,
    photons, neutrinos
    today I bow to the magnificence of your photosphere
    gather and praise the reign
    of the sovereign, Sun

    solar winds spiral to Pluto
    high above aurora shows her majesty
    below we await harvest
    as photosynthesis drives
    Earth’s climate and weather

    a bat of an eyelash
    the world swirls in color
    within that moment
    a terrestrial being, supporting a tiny life
    evaporates to star status, part of a cloud
    that cycles beyond all meaning

    corona of vision
    center of the solar system
    life captured in universal sequence
    as rainbows capture hope
    I humbly bow to your majesty

    • • •

    Light travels from the sun to the Earth in 8 minutes and 19 seconds.
    The energy of this sunlight supports almost all life on Earth by
    photosynthesis and drives Earth’s climate and weather.
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