Kuafu (The Hunter of the Sun)

by Daniel   Jun 29, 2020

For any man who
wishes to chase the sun.


Snakes looped through his ears;
fields draped by the sun
he collapsed near Yu Valley,
too thirsty to hunt.

Obstinate daylight
was scorching the earth,
each stride towards its glow
left cracks in the dirt -

the bountiful embers
would set in the west
bring dusk’s cool embrace;
unfathomable darkness.

As every beast, every man
would fall into a slumber,
Kuafu marched through wilderness
the sky torn asunder;

palms outstretched
towards the fading light
he’d quaffed the lakes, the rivers,
but his tongue and throat were dry -

if he could capture in his hands
the essence of all life,
his people would rejoice;
a revocation of the night.

Snakes looped through his ears;
fields now draped by shadows
the peach tree by his body
would soon become a grove.


For any man who
wished to chase the sun.


Inspired by the legend of Kuafu, a giant in Chinese folklore who sought to capture the sun and bring eternal light and happiness to his tribe. A seasoned hunter, he doggedly chased the sun before eventually collapsing of dehydration. His body became a peach tree grove to quench the thirst of any man who wished to do the same as he.


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  • 1 week ago

    by BOB GALLO

    We Persian like trees are sun worshiper as well. The language in this is very sublime Your poetry is at it best when you curl things to extend inclinations, desires and motions and see the snake affect of objects specially in vegetation and plants. The inclination are very important to you in your poetry. Pie is preferred over square, because you do not draw straight line and neither life, there are always inclinations and twirl instead of mathematical accuracy.
    I like also the contrast of the sun hunter and turning to the field draped by shadow, is kind of irony. Actually it is The Irony.
    Very strong write!!

    • 1 week ago

      by Daniel

      Thank you for your wonderfully constructive comment good sir. :)

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