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For Sol Indiges

Children of the Sun

Aeneas came to Latium fleeing the wrack of Ilium,
driven by the might of Juno. In Latium he married
Lavinia, daughter of King Latinus, himself the son
of Circe, sorceress and goddess, for her father was
Helios, whom the Latins called Sol. Ave, Sol Indiges!
Father of Circe, the mother of Latinus, the father of
Lavinia, the wife of Aeneas and first mother of Rome,
you are the father of all of us, O shining deity, for
truly the sun is the source of life. When Phanes
cracked the cosmic egg, all the shining ones spun
out from him, expanding through the Mother Night,
beginning the great dance in which the starry Goddess
and her Serpent, son and lover, ever lead all that exists.
From that primal dance both fiery stars and cooling
planets, comets and nebulae, all the wonders of
the heavens, came to be. You, Sol Indiges, are
the origin of the blessed earth, the giver of all power,
you whose light feeds the planets that feed mortals
both human and animal, you whose light turns the wheel
of the endless water cycle, drawing up, showering down,
you whose light stored in wood and coal and oil, prized
gifts you gave to Earth, drives our machines and all our
works. O father, Sol Indiges, grant us sufficient sun
to grow our food, neither too much nor too little, grant
us rain likewise, neither too little nor too much; temper
the heat of August, and temper our use of fuel with
wisdom, you who consume yourself in giving, native Sun.

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3 thoughts on “For Sol Indiges

  1. Very good!

    I had forgotten Circe’s solar ancestry…how intriguing…

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    • I don’t think I had ever known her ancestry, but when I looked for information on the god, the genealogical connections immediately suggested the scientific ones. I’m glad you liked it!

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  2. M.A. Rivera on said:

    Interesting poem. Has a sort of…’classic’ feel to it. Blessings.

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