(Title pilfered from the fine album by Vigilantes of Love of the same title.)
A rosy, complex light fills my kitchen at the end of these lengthening June days. From an explosion on a nearby star eight minutes ago, the light zips through space, particle wave, strikes the planet, angles on the continent, and filters through a mesh of land dust: clay bits, sod bits, tiny wind-borne insects, bacteria, cells of grass, bark and leaves. Reddened, the light inclines into this valley over green western mountains; it sifts between pine needles on Northern slopes, and through all the mountain blackjack oak and haw, whose leaves are unclenching, one by one, and making an intricate, toothed and lobed haze. The light crosses the valley, threads through the screen on my open kitchen window, and gilds the painted wall. A plank of brightness bends from the wall and extends over the goldfish bowl on the table where I sit. The goldfish side catches the light and bats it my way; I’ve an eyeful of fish-scale and star. Annie Dillard – Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek.
Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the daytime. (Unknown kid quote)
A fly is a nobler creature than the sun, because the fly hath life; And the sun hath not. St. Augustine
Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul
Acknowledge him thy greater, sound his praise – John Milton
This most beautiful system of sun, planets and comments, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. And if the fixed stars are the centers of other like systems, these, being formed bye the like wise council, must be subject to the same dominion of one. Sir Isaac Newton.
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. Galileo
Today I ride on a traffic-snake headed east and into the rising sun. And here we sit ten thousand cars, each with a sun in our skull like a coin in the bank. KJ.
The sun will come up tomorrow – bet your bottom dollar that it will. (Annie)
Here comes the sun. (George Harrison)
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun. (Ecclesastes 11:7 )