Some time ago, I painted this naive art figure who has lassoed the sun. Afterward, a poem emerged from within me to give words to the painting. Yesterday, as I was travelling back from Botswana, the radio announcer shared the story that inspired Valiant Swart to write the song Sonvanger. Apparantly, Valiant was staying over at the home of people who had lost a child. He asked the grieving mother if there were anything he could do for her. Her reply was that it would be nice if he could return the sun to their lives. The song Sonvanger is the result if this conversation. It grabbed at my heart when I heard this, as unknown to me, someone else had also realized the light-giving and warming power of a child's love. I share the poem and the painting, against the backdrop of this story. I also include a link to the song by Valiant Swart: https://youtu.be/CBWkI7wGa4s
The sun cracked up the sky
with laughter spilling red from its wide open mouth
Birds echoed its giggle
and swooped through its warm embrace
Somewhere a child was born
and its gurgles filled the hearts of the new parents with the same warmth
that the sun lavishly spilled onto the earth
The child lassoed the sun, roping it into their lives with warm fingers
Summer was never as warm as when the child came into their lives
Winter was never so absent
The child gave and gave and gave of its love
and the sun shone down on all who did, or did not, deserve it.
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