The Sun is Everything Today by Kristen Baum DeBeasi

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The Sun Is Everything Today

For Leyla Navab

After a line by Raymond Ridley

The sun is everything today,


causing us wild flowers to lift our heads

after yesterday’s wind bent us double (to the ground)

and we could hardly stand (against it)


The sun is everything today,

after yesterday’s rain poured down

so much we did not want

a further drop (this bitter cup)


The sun is everything today;

this rain so heavy even the clay

bows under its force collapsing

to the lowest point (burying us too)


The sun is everything today;

we wild flowers that remain (behind)

remember the warmth of your smile,

your touch, your radiant brilliance


that made us lift our heads (to you)

(to remember our particular beauty)

to follow

your every move across our skies


Please rise. Please rise

again. I cannot,

will not, wont not see

a sky without your face.



Kristen Baum DeBeasi is a composer, writer and poet. Her writing includes works of fiction, articles about film music and poetry, which has been published in Blue Heron Review, Voice of Eve and Contrary Magazine.

Photo credit: This photo, taken by Joseph S. DeBeasi is of Kristen Baum DeBeasi as “Messenger of Spring” with Jonquils, make-up and headdress by the late Persian artist and dear friend Leyla Navab, for whom this poem was written.

Jude Cowan Montague is an artist and broadcaster. She produces 'The News Agents' for Resonance FM, a weekly show experimenting with international story and the arts. She worked at Reuters Television News for many years as an archivist and this has informed her poetry and some of her art. She's an award winning printmaker and a composer. Her graphic memoir 'Love on the Isle of Dogs' is available from Central Books.

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