Sun: A first offering of the year

14.02.2021 - Philippines - Pressenza IPA

Sun: A first offering of the year





This was the first poem of 2021 that whispered to me, upon seeing this photograph by Aze. A photograph she sent on New Year’s day with a New Year wish for everyone.


by Rem Tanauan

I knit

the entire universe

using fibers

of light.


The colors have merged

red, orange, yellow

The rays have been formed


and now laid out.

It took a rest–

my darkness


And I felt it, too:

like I was lying down

in the sun.


(original poem in  Pilipino)


Ginantsilyo ko

ang buong kalawakan

gamit ang mga hibla

ng liwanag.


Nagsanib ang mga kulay

pula, kahel, dilaw

Nabuo na ang mga sinag


at ngayon inilatag.

Nagpahinga ang

aking dilim


at naramdaman ko rin:

para akong nakahiga

sa araw.


About the author:

Rem Tanauan is a translator, writer, poet, Ginhawa well-being facilitator and a Yijing consultant on personal decision-making and life direction. He is the lead teacher of Tungko ng Tula, a 9-week poetry class and community for poets and artists and creatives. He is currently running its third batch. You can find his poems and photos on



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