Judah al-Harizi, “The Sun” [Poetry for Ordinary Time]

I’ve enjoyed posting poetry series themed around the Christian year in the past couple of years (see “Poetry for Lent” and “Poetry for Easter“). I will continue that with a series called “Poetry for Ordinary Time.” Ordinary time includes two sections of the church year between Christmastide and Lent and Easter and Advent. The word “ordinary” here derives from the word ordinal by which the weeks are counted. Still, ordinary time does serve an opportunity to embrace the ordinary spaces and places of our lives, and the themes of the poems will express this.

Here is Judah al-Harizi’s poem “The Sun” from The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse and translated by T. Carmi. Judah al-Harizi was a 13th century Spanish-Jewish poet. He wandered through Provence and also the Middle East, translating Arabic poetry and scientific works into Hebrew.


Look: the sun has spread its wings
over the earth to dispel the darkness.

Like a great tree, with its roots in heaven,
and its branches reaching down to the earth.


Previous poems in this series:

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