WE, THE SUN & I
by Simon Drew
WE, THE SUN & I
by Simon Drew

WE

We look out, and we are looked upon.

But always we. 

We see, and we are seen.

But always we. 

We search, and we are searched.

But always we.

We find, and we are found.

But always we.

We listen, and we are listened to.

But always we.

We hear, and we are heard.

But always we. 

We know, and we are known.

But always we.

We reveal, and we are revealed.

But always we.

We form, and we are formed.

But always we.

We create, and we are created.

But always we.

We feel, and we are felt.

But always we.

We love, and we are loved.

But always we.

 

We hate, and we are hated.

But always we.

We give, and we are given.

But always we.

We take, and we are taken.

But always we.

We grasp, and we are grasped.

But always we.

We fear, and we are feared.

But always we.

We comfort, and we are comforted.

But always we.

We receive, and we are received.

But always we.

We dance, and we are danced.

But always we.

We play, and we are played.

But always we.

We wake, and we sleep.

But always we.

We rise, and we set.

But always we.

Always we.

We.

WE

We look out and we are looked upon.

But always we. 

We see and we are seen.

But always we. 

We search and we are searched.

But always we.

We find and we are found.

But always we.

We listen and we are listened to.

But always we.

We hear and we are heard.

But always we. 

We know and we are known.

But always we.

We reveal and we are revealed.

But always we.

We form and we are formed.

But always we.

We create and we are created.

But always we.

We feel and we are felt.

But always we.

We love and we are loved.

But always we.

 

We hate, and we are hated.

But always we.

We give and we are given.

But always we.

We take and we are taken.

But always we.

We grasp and we are grasped.

But always we.

We fear and we are feared.

But always we.

We comfort and we are comforted.

But always we.

We receive and we are received.

But always we.

We dance and we are danced.

But always we.

We play and we are played.

But always we.

We wake and we sleep.

But always we.

We rise and we set.

But always we.

Always we.

We.

THE SUN & I

When I rise in the darkness before the dawn, 

When I sit on a rock at the edge of a vast ocean that calls me,

When I feel the sand washing away beneath my feet,

When the crashing waves fill my heart with a yearning for great adventure,

When the sky is painted with vivid strokes of gold, white and pale blue, foretelling the coming of a new day, 

When the clouds form a vast, grey wall at the edge of the world,

When the sea birds fly above me, keeping careful watch over the world below, 

When the rays of light pierce my skin, chasing away the cold of night,

I know that it is only the Sun and I.

I absorb that which the sun has given freely, and I share that same gift to those who would be nourished, 

But it is always, only the Sun and I.

I carry the sun’s warmth to distant lands, and I warm those who would also receive warmth. 

But it is always, only the Sun and I.

I am shined upon, and I reflect.  

I reveal the world before me with the light that shines from within. Others may see that which has been revealed, 

But it is always, forever, only the Sun and I. 

Together we rise. 

Together we will set. 

THE SUN & I

When I rise in the darkness before the dawn, 

When I sit on a rock at the edge of a vast ocean that calls me,

When I feel the sand washing away beneath my feet,

When the crashing waves fill my heart with a yearning for great adventure,

When the sky is painted with vivid strokes of gold, white and pale blue, foretelling the coming of a new day, 

When the clouds form a vast, grey wall at the edge of the world,

When the sea birds fly above me, keeping careful watch over the world below, 

When the rays of light pierce my skin, chasing away the cold of night,

I know that it is only the Sun and I.

I absorb that which the sun has given freely, and I share that same gift to those who would be nourished, 

But it is always, and only the Sun and I.

I carry the sun’s warmth to distant lands, and I warm those who would also receive warmth. 

But it is always the Sun and I.

I am shined upon, and I reflect.  

I reveal the world before me with the light that shines from within. Others may see that which has been revealed, 

But it is always, forever, only the Sun and I. 

Together we rise. 

Together we will set. 

Thank You for Listening

The inspiration for We, the Sun & I came while I was listening to a talk given by Sharon Lebell at a Stoicon-x conference. Among other ideas, Sharon was talking about the shared community that exists between all human beings, and she suggested that we all should consider how we can employ more “we” virtues in our lives, like compassion, kindness, and charity. Immediately after the conference had finished, I made my way to the beach near where I live and sat on a rock as the sunrise unfolded before me. Gaining the inspiration for We while I watched the morning clouds, I was filled with a deep sense that no matter what happens to one of us, it also happens to all. Yet, despite this feeling, I also was inspired to write about my feeling, as the sun hit my face, that in that moment, it was only the sun and I. These contrasting feelings come together to make We, the Sun & I. 

SD 

Acknowledgements

To a wise teacher, Sharon Lebell.

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