'Sun poem' by Edwin Lee Mulligan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Taking on a transformation as an eagle and in that formation I was traveling within the cloud dust: and within the cloud dust there were small balls of lights. They were so small, as small as the smallest grain of sand. I myself was one of many divided as a matrix, scattered throughout and far reaches of the universe. We were all moving and weaving continually as if someone was making a dress out of stars.

And the more I knew about myself the larger an image I became. I looked over my shoulder. It was the universe. And looking back at the small ball of light that was small as the smallest grain of sand, I knew then really it was the size of our sun.

And the moral behind this story talks about the burning desire that burns within you that drives you to do the things you do! For me personally, I see mine every passing day of my life: the sun. It is also one of many scattered throughout and far reaches of the universe.

And when I sleep under the stars, as usual, I see so many of them that remind me that each individual has a burning desire that burns within them that drives them to do the things they do.

And as long as there’s a warmth that burns within it and rotates around the four corners of the earth, there’s a life that was given a purpose that comes in the form of human flesh. A gift of mortality.

Edwin Lee Mulligan


‘Sun poem’ was commissioned for the dance theatre production Cut the Sky (2015) by Marrugeku.

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