The Sun's Curse

August 26, 2010
By SageN BRONZE, McVille, North Dakota
SageN BRONZE, McVille, North Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
"Poetry is not turning loose emotion, but an escape from personality"--T.S. Eliot

In the beginning the world was ruled by Sun.
Sun was worshipped by everyone near and far.
"How glorious is the sun!"
"His warmth gives us life!"
"Forever may his eyes be upon us!"

One day Sun was thinking about his sister, Moon.
"Who worships Moon?" Sun asked himself.
As he thought about it, his curiosity turned to jealousy. The idea of people worshipping Moon instead of him!
"I will ask her. Then I will know who has betrayed me!"

At twilight when Sun began his descent and Moon began her ascent, he asked her, "Sister, who exalts you?"
"Brother, you will never know. For you live in the day and I at night. That has always been the way."
Moon rose to her fullest height in the sky and Sun sank beneath the horizon.

Sun seethed at the secrecy of his sister.
"If she won't tell me, I will have to find out for myself!"
He decided to send his eyes to Earth so that they may see for him.
Sun removed his eyes and sent them forth into the misty night.

The miniature orbs of light flitted about in the fog until they came upon a group of travelers.
Upon seeing the lights the travelers believed them to be the fires from their village and began to follow.
The eyes flashed here and there looking for the hidden worshippers of Moon, thus leading the travelers farther and farther
into the marsh never to be seen again.

Sun rose and again met with the exultations of his people. He gazed upon them and discovered that several were
missing. Sun blazed hot with fury. "Those traitors must be worshipping Moon!"
That night he once again sent out
his eyes to seek out the betrayers only to find Moon waiting for him.
"Brother, I told you not to come here into my domain. And for defying me, I curse your eyes to forever remain on Earth
at night to lure your followers astray.

The author's comments:
I wrote this piece for my English class as a Native American legend. It gives the tale of the will-o'-the-wisp a new light.

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