No Ordinary Sun

I passed some wild ideas by my son today.  I often do.

Our discussion honed in on the atomic testing that took place in the Pacific during the second half of the recent century.  He quoted a line from a poem he has been studying at school & tucked inside it were three words: –

the monstrous sun

After my recent sideways look at the sun, I was intrigued.

I read the poem No Ordinary Sun – for me it sparkled ideas from past & current research.

I think it can be very powerful to turn 
our worlds, 
our words, 
our history, 
our selves 
& our knowledge 
upside down for a little while.

You just never know what might fall out.
The following poem by Hone Tuwhare, might be talking of a tree that has felt the effects of nuclear testing.

But perhaps it is not.

It might be talking about your life.

Or mine.

Or it might be making a humanitarian offering –  reminding us to look again…

… at what we have worshipped or still are worshipping.

To check carefully at what price admission is charged…

… & to remember that we can lower our arms &
get up off our knees

… if we choose.

Tree let your arms fall:

raise them not sharply in supplication
to the bright enhaloed cloud.

Let your arms lack toughness and
resilience for this is no mere axe

to blunt nor fire to smother.

Your sap shall not rise again
to the moon’s pull.
No more incline a deferential head
to the wind’s talk, or stir
to the tickle of coursing rain.

Your former shagginess shall not be

wreathed with the delightful flight
of birds nor shield
nor cool the ardour of unheeding

lovers from the monstrous sun.

Tree let your naked arms fall

nor extend vain entreaties to the radiant ball.
This is no gallant monsoon’s flash,
no dashing trade wind’s blast.
The fading green of your magic
emanations shall not make pure again
these polluted skies . . . for this
is no ordinary sun.

O tree
in the shadowless mountains
the white plains and
the drab sea floor
your end at last is written…

… Or then again, do we take hold of a mighty pen & claim the right to right our own ending-slash-beginnings.

July 5, 2010. Uncategorized.


  1. Devin replied:

    Wowser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!what a beautiful and thoughtful poem Alex!!!!!!!!!!loved the images you find as always too!!!!!!!!I think I might use this poem for the start of one of the fall months-sept,oct.novI can't wait to see where this is going!!!!!!!!!!Finally- in 2010-I think I can honestly say that we had better learn how to start making our own beginning and endings -or we will have an "ending" that nobody wants!!!!!!!from the exclamation point master and your loyal bro in Arizona-Devinwv=hopurf :-)

  2. Alex Robinson replied:

    Dearest Exclamation Point Meister & Brother – thanks for your yummy words :)Took all but a few of those pics myself this time – so feel free to help yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I do indeed think we must make (& keep making) our own beginnings now as opposed to the 'beggings' of the past.haha wv = 'hope for', but I think we can do much better than 'hoping'!!!!!!!!!Love ya xxx

  3. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Very nice! I was "rooting" for the Tree and the Moon!Bullocks to the bright beast in the sky.Well played my friend.WV = boablytP.S. Sarah says hello.

  4. Alex Robinson replied:

    Haha thanks Michael!wv very interesting – boa blight – the Eden serpent that caused Adam & Eve to repent.+Googled 'boa blight' & found this gem: -"Bank of America is a blight upon humanity."Played again & got 'Boab Light' & another tree story:-"The Australian Aboriginal legend of the Boab Tree:"When the tree God created the Boab Tree it was to be the most beautiful of all trees in the universe, with the most beautiful flowers and bearing the juiciest fruit. But as the tree grew to maturity its flowers were mediocre and its fruit had a bad odour and tasted vile. The Tree God became so angry that he yanked the Boab out of the ground and slammed it back in the earth upside down and that is why today, when you see a Boab tree, it looks as if its roots are growing up in the air." learning for one day? :)Hi back to Sarah!

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