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How The Sun Was Made

Before man, there was only twilight upon the earth. The earth was divided by two realms, realms, not kingdoms; one above the earth, the Sky, ruled by the birds. The other, the Land, upon the earth, ruled by the beasts.

In the sky, among the clouds, was a large pile of firewood. How it got there is unknown.
It is believed to be there as a resting place for birds not wanting to rest on land.

One twilight, an enormous eagle dove toward the land. His dive caused an emu on the land to panic, thinking it was being attacked, the emu jumped up and struck the eagle. 

The eagle and the emu began a heated argument, then began to fight. The emu, in anger, plucked an eagle feather. The eagle, in its rage, swooped over to the emu nest, grabbing one of her huge eggs in its beak, soared skyward.

As the eagle climbed, he swung his head throwing the egg higher into the sky. The emu
screeched in horror as the egg smashed against the firewood. The yoke breaking, sparked, igniting the firewood, lighting up both realms of the earth.

Suddenly, the earth was bright and beautiful. All were dazzled, but soon relaxed, as the
fire begin to warm. The leader of the Sky saw the light and the warmth it produced as good.

He saw as the fire burned, it produced more heat and comforted all. It also began to
decrease the light and got cooler as the firewood went out. This was a bad thing, he
called all the birds together to gather firewood to keep the fire burning.

As the fire became coals, the light again returned to twilight and darkness.
The birds worked for hours to replenish the firewood.

As they began to pile wood upon the coals, the fire reignited. As the fire got bigger,
there was more light, and warmth. 

When the birds had piled on all the wood gathered, the fire again began to decrease in
light and warmth.

Again each twilight, the birds would gather firewood for hours.

After an undetermined time, light and the darkness defined. As the earth warmed and became more beautiful, the realms became one.

The Spirit of the earth saw what the birds had done and what had become of the earth was good. He moved the fire outward from the earth and made it burn all the time.

He made the earth turn. Day and night were created. The birds and the beasts were one with the earth.

The spirit of the earth was pleased. He had created the heavens and the earth, reaching into the earth, he grabbed a handful of dirt in his hands, Smiling, saying all is good, He created Man.

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  1. Date: 4/19/2011 5:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win Mac in Debbie Guzzi's contest "The Shaman's Way". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 8:56:00 PM
    Congrats Mac on your big win in Debbie's contest with this fascinating write and entry luv.. now are u back Mac? and how do u feel luv? enjoy..

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 7:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on the tenth place win in the contest, Mac

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 12:33:00 PM
    Mac Please enter this verse in my contest The Shaman's Way, I would be honored. Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 6:38:00 PM
    I love the dreamtime stories and this is beautifully written, Mac. Have you read the anthology "Voices of the First Day" ?? It is an awesome book. Thanks for this wonderful writing and congratulations on your win in Deborah's contest!!

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 2:46:00 PM
    Congrats Mac on your big win in Debbie's contest with this wonderful write and unique piece on the theme chosen.. bravo.. my friend.. enjoy your win.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii..

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 11:07:00 AM
    Congratulations Mac on your win in Deborah Guzzi's contest "Broad Horizons". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 8:41:00 PM
    Mac, of all the "topics" given by Deb, this is one that had most caught my interest but when I saw all the info online about dreamtime I just decided not to try. So glad you did it. I think you did it great justice. Those legends are fascinating becuase they exist in so many cultures all over the earth. OH, and we had a family of ten! But it was Brady bunch style (on the dysfunctional side) Luv, Andrea ps. REmember the old station wagons??

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 8:23:00 PM
    Author Note: I was not able to put an explanation of this poem as a note on the poem page because of character limitation. This poem is an interpretation of Australian Aborigine Dreamtime. Dreamtime explains their belif in how their environment and universe were created. In this poem, I have taken some liberty in translating their explanation on how the sun was made.

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 8:22:00 PM
    enjoyed, thanks for your domments, they gave me a laugh!

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 7:41:00 PM
    Quite informative and instructive write. Enjoyed to know the sun was made