I swallowed the sun

I had been warned

playing with fire was no fun

but I still swallowed the sun

my words now leave lacerations,

my touch third degree burns

my tears are but molten lava

that manage to leave putrid diamonds all along

the sputtering that goes on inside me

leaves me awake all night

my eyelids bear the weight of glowing charcoal

drooping and wide open at the same time

I believe I swallowed the mercury along with the sun

which now runs through my ice cold veins

maybe this is the truth of today

maybe it was all a mistake.

94 thoughts on “I swallowed the sun

  1. Well the sun is certainly in the news at the moment Punam. Wow. Swallowing the sun. A really great poem that I enjoyed reading.

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  2. just when we think we have outdone ourselves in not paying heed to good advice and then getting to terms with the after-effects of our actions, the after-taste of mercury hits us.

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      1. I loved the reference to mercury after I read your fever update. Happy to see you back and glowing after the fever-pariksha!

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  3. Call the fire department! 👨🏻‍🚒 I always knew you were a Hot Mama! 🔥🔥 The last two lines are so significant. And the imagery you used is above par. Wonderful! ❤️

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  4. This is a wonderful piece. 🙂
    Though I think there’s more to swallowing the sun, another side to life after the act. Won’t it make you a tremendous source of light which can give people hope and brighten their day? It can make life spring into action. Perhaps it could also enable you to project your thoughts, emotions, and qualities over many a person! You could be a beacon; a living, breathing beacon. 😄

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    1. Thank you kindly for such a lovely comment! 🙂
      To be honest, I was more focussed on the act of swallowing the sun! Metaphorically, anyone who can mentor or guide another is a beacon! Thank you for adding your thoughtful insight. 😊


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