“Sunshine Soul” by Amy Hikel


I see the sun in nature
touching whole mountainsides,
lighting the dimmest of caverns
and warming the emptiest of caves.

But today I saw the sun;
I saw it in a pair of wide, golden eyes
searching the shadiest of souls.
Today, I saw the sunlight,
pouring out from a pair of lips,
entering the most hollow of humans.
Today, the sun shone through,
penetrating dense epithelial walls
from one lighted cavern to another;
I witnessed it reverberate
into the sullen atmosphere-
an atmosphere so prone to darkness,
darkness that peers from inside
and that pours outside.

I was shocked;
what's worse, I was confounded.
Beauty never shines quite so bright.
Love never shines like the sun.