The Son of the African Sun

A story has come to be unraveled
it has only just begun
it is the story of a warrior
the son of the African Sun
 The cries of the voices of two passionate lovers
throughout the Universe were heard
the passion of the African Sun and a beautiful woman of the land
made beautiful their expressions of eternal love

So he was conceived  out of true love

The thunder started drumming a rhythmic beat
under the African moon
drowning the cries of the woman
 who was about to give birth soon
The gods were wrapped in envy
for she gave birth to a beautiful child
meant to be a warrior
to be strong, free and wild
They united to conjure up a master plan
to snatch the son from his mother’s arms
beguiling them to think that he was too sick, too frail
not good enough to be a warrior
to be the son of the African Sun
But the mother would rather not listen to these tales
she would rather give up her life then give her child away
and thus he grew up healthy, nourished by her life giving breasts
and the African Sun, his father, made him stronger with his life giving rays
He grew up to be a warrior
like the proud Zulu warriors of his land
the adversities in life he was able to battle
with a single blow of his warrior hand
His heart was like that of a lion
starving for life and ready for the kill
and his senses were sharp and swift as the cheetah’s
to chase his dreams as if they were his last meal
He started to travel to educate himself
for wisdom and knowledge was important he knew
He studied the arts, the cultures, the stars and especially the moon
She became his substance, for when she came out at night
his strength was renewed

She became his mistress for his love for her grew.

But as everything in life has an end and has to die
he, though a son of the African Sun wasn’t immune
Just as he was given life and breath
one day he would experience death.
And die he did
The gods had gotten even, they made sure he was cursed
for his soul divided into two
one took the form of a raven (witnesses and announces death)
the other of a phoenix (doomed to die and resurrect)
and off to the sky they flew

Time has long gone and passed away
but if you listen carefully
you will hear the soft fluttering wings of the warrior’s souls
still searching for each other
for all eternity
to be whole again
The Son of the African Sun

The Son of the African Sun by 

This poem was inspired by a fellow bubbler’s heart and soul and I was given permission from him to use his poems and a journal about his life to get his essence together and to put it into a storytelling poem.  Some parts are part of my imagination, others a part of his and other parts are true to what he is and what made him what he is today. I hope he likes it………….Well, I posted this yesterday and today he read it. He liked it. So, now I feel free to say that his name is Jonathan Carrick, jono, Raven Ice. Upon reading it pepper08 was inspired to make this beautiful image for the poem. Thank you Pepper. To appreciate the larger view, and the two other images that were inspired by her, click here Pepper08
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  • umbra
    umbraover 5 years ago

    i believe that the person you wrote this for will be both deeply moved and honored…..i think you captured a wonderful part of their essence…..

  • Thank you very much for reading and commenting erich. It is very much appreciated your beautiful comment. I hope he will think so too. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • erich, if you wish to go back to the poem, you’ll find a nice surprise. Someone was inspired to do a piece on it. She did three versions to it, but I had to pick one. So if you go back, you could see and click to see the other ones. Iris It will do me and her an honor. Thank you once again.

    – Arco Iris R

  • ricardo perez jr
    ricardo perez jrover 5 years ago

    God ! dat I love dis one fo real soo much !

  • Thank you Rick. I am very glad you liked. Coming from you is a special honor. I mean it. And thank you for the feature. I means a lot to me. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • Rick, pepper08 was inspired to do a piece for this poem. As a matter of fact, she did three versions. I know very well that you will be impressed by her work. All you have to do is click on the right at pepper08. She is marvelous. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • butchart
    butchartover 5 years ago

    very interesting story.. beautifully told….. i could feel the sun..AND the moon…………b

  • thank you very much. He hasn’t replied to see if he likes it.

    – Arco Iris R

  • I don’t know if it is too bold to ask, but a very special, talented artist was inspired to do a piece for the poem. Actually she did three versions. They are magnificent. If you go to the right where it says pepper08 and click on it, you will see the three versions and in larger proportions. I’ll appreciate it for she is marvelous. Once again, thank you.

    – Arco Iris R

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Super writing sweetheART great work ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you very much. You are always there to give support valzart and that I appreciate very much. love and huggggs Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • I’m sorry if I’m asking for you to go back to the poem, but pepper08 was inspired to do a piece for the poem. Thing is that she actually three pieces which I had to choose. The three were magnificent. If you go back just click on pepper08 that is at the right of the poem. You’ll be amazed of what she did.

    – Arco Iris R

  • pepper08
    pepper08over 5 years ago

    One of your best my friend…I already have something in mind for this…Do you think the person its about would be ok with it?…I hope so because I think I could do it justice….your friend pepper

  • I would love it. Now, I am going to bubblemail him because he hasn’t answered yet about how he feels with this poem and if he liked it or not. Probably hasn’t read it yet. He does have a beautiful soul. And I am so glad you have something in mind for this one. Thanks again. Waiting for his answer. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • It’s 11:30 p.m and I finanally figured out how to put your picture in. I’m writing everyone back to see if they go back and see your three versions of it. And thanks once again. This was fun and full of anticipation.

    – Arco Iris R

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 5 years ago

    You are an amazing story teller. I loved every line of beauty and strength. The last verse is a breathtaking ending. It has all completely captured my heart. xoxoxo

  • I am so happy that you liked it. Thanks for your lovely comment. He has come out of the closet though. And if you see who he is, then you’ll agree with me Shar. Love Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • Shar, I would absolutely love for you to go back to the poem and click on the right to pepper08’s inspiration of the poem. She did not only do one piece, but three and I had to choose. It was a difficult one for the three were magnificent. She is very talented. So it would honor me that you go and see her work. Thanks once again for your darling soul. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • Coronus
    Coronusover 5 years ago

    Iris this is like medicine to my soul! Wow!
    I am not too articualte right now – I do believe this has reduced me to a puddle of grateful tears!

  • Well thank you Jono for liking it. And my intention was not to make you into a a puddle of tears, but to make you into a legend. Love you. Now, I’ll feel free to put you up there with my comment for this was my surprise to you. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • jono, have you seen what pepper has done with the poem? I think you will be shocked. She did not one piece, but three pieces of the poem and everyone a masterpiece. The bad part was that I had to choose. I finally chose the one with your face at the left and the warrior at the right for your face blends in with the pheonix, the raven is flying high, the lion and the cheetah are there and of course, the moon. You are a creature of the night. The last one I also loved because your face is in the background and to the front the painted warrior is looking at you, ready for battle. The first one, the lone warrior with all of the animals and the moon and his spear is very strong and powerful. This writing was heartfelt, but I didn’t know what the outcome of this would be. It was fun, full of decisions and full of anticipation. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • JaneSolomon
    JaneSolomonover 5 years ago

    Enchanting ! x

  • Thank you for commenting, stopping by and liking the poem. And thank you for putting me on your watch list. I also put you on mine. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • Coronus
    Coronusover 5 years ago

    P.S he loves it! LOVES IT. In huge capitals!

  • Glad you did. You are always in my heart and had to show it somehow. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • kimangeline
    kimangelineover 5 years ago

    oh wow…this has given me chills…..incredible!!!!

  • Thank you for liking this. I really appreciate your stopping by and your wonderful comment. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

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