In splendor of sun, stands tall Helianthus
a green patch glimmers enamored in gold.
resplendent rays drizzle bright yellow beams
in harsh hot flames, cherubic petals unfold.
A cup of sunlight brewing honey and lemon
full of zing, gaudy smiles of radiant beauty
In kindred spirit, florets track East to West
revolving a luminous, is it love or loyal duty?
In ancient times, lived the Sun God Apollo,
a water nymph Clytie fell in love profound
the man with golden hair cast her in a spell
and her eyes adored him in passion astound.
But Apollo was in love with Daphne,
the beautiful daughter of a water God.
Unrequited, unnoticed went Clyties love
she kept looking for Sun in paths she trod.
Eventually she turned to a slender sunflower
orbiting her love, a bride waits for sunshine.
Trail of a broken heart, never leaves her soul,
shriveled head wilts in her summer Valentine.
26th June 2019