The Treacherous Beauty of the Winter Sun


On this winter day the great sun star comes,

Radiant, indifferent lover, and the source of all our physical radiance

To sport for the day, arcing upon its splendid track in the sky.


It feeds, lights, and warms--yes, but

It practices its unique species of sun sorcery:

Giving food, light and warmth to Pharo, Alexaner, and Caesar, and

Taking for his pay their youth, power, and dreams. 


Pharo, Alexander, and Caesar have paid

And are no more.  They have left only glory-laden stories, and

Monuments marking their short stay among these stones. 

--January 20, 2013