Hymn to Sardinian Apollo

Dawn rips through the sky
With the promise of light,
The promise of colour
Blue edging up from the horizon
Black silhouettes of trees
A double handful of birds flung up
The perfect stage setting
For the sudden appearance of our protagonist
Helios Apollo
Arising in gold and orange glory
Charging out of the sea in his chariot.

How shall we sing of you,
Dearest sun?
Giving us all we eat
Through your miracle of photosynthesis
All of our power
And all this beauty,
Letting us see it,
Illuminating everything
Chasing away the darkness.

You have only to beckon
And of course we follow
Falling so easily into your orbit
Chasing you through adventures
In time and space
Until the pyrotechnic climax
When you sink into the embrace of the western hills
Rising out of the sea like dark dolphin-backs
As the sky fades through a thousand rainbow shades
To the memory of red brushing the horizon
And falling back to night.

Summer Solstice 2017, Alghero, Sardinia.