Photo by Forest Croft and Ansel Siegenthaler / Storm's End Photography‘The Sun’ and Other Poetry by Alexander King Ream The Society March 30, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 4 Comments The Sun The face above that shone below From space to hover, cast a glow And warmth afforded to the one Who in its path was found; the sun On Mass Shootings I cut loose the clod from the moorings of root I thought about God, and the fellows who shoot We’ve given them nothing for morals, or law Except for consensus (exceptional flaw) John’s Thoughts on Jesus, Night Before His Death I didn’t have the words, I guess I should have said, So quiet I deferred, his chest beneath my head. Alexander King Ream (who formerly wrote under the penname Neal Dachstadter) is a poet living in Tennessee. His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (UK), Western Viewpoints and Poetic Images: the Great American West (Woodinville, Washington), Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015 (Mt Hope, New York), Rocky Point Times (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont). A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing with Delta Kappa Epsilon International. Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Athens encouraged him as a writer. In 2015 he wrote in Arizona at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument five miles north of Mexico. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Bruce Edward Wren March 30, 2018 I really like that last couplet, “John’s Thoughts…”. I would remove the first comma, as the intended caesura is quite enough, but this is a little beauty. Delicate, touching, deep. Congrats. Reply Al March 31, 2018 Thanks, appreciate the kind remarks and critique as well. Reply James A. Tweedie April 1, 2018 I enjoyed the simplicity of the verse–terse yet descriptive. sweet and savory to the taste, substantive enough to chew on, yet easy to swallow, and nourishing to digest! Merci, Chef Al! As a bonus, the accompanying photo is an inspired choice by our dear editor. Reply The Society April 1, 2018 The credit for the photo will have to go back to Al. The poems he submits are often ekphrastic and come with their own images. That was the case for “The Sun.” Thank you Al and James, and happy Easter! -Evan Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.