Sol - A Legend About the Sun
By Agay Llanera
Artworks by Farley del Rosario

The Sun used to shine not just with soft light, but also with captivating beauty. Her face was both delicate and magical, with sunny eyes flecked with rainbows and a smile that melted chill. Her long golden curls tumbled upon the earth, swathing it in warm yellow hues.

It was no secret in the heavens that the Moon was deeply in love with the Sun. So were thousands of stars, who, when ignored by the Sun, desperately flung themselves to the earth and turned into wishes. Saturn had offered his rings to the Sun but in vain; it had since floated aimlessly in space, writing love poems.

Earth beings also fell in love with her. But the Sun was too unreachable that they soon gave up all hope - except for one.

Noon, sumisikat ang Araw hindi lamang ng may banayad na liwanag, kundi pati na rin ng may kabigha-bighaning ganda. Maamo ang kanyang mukha at ang mga mata niya’y may bahid ng bahaghari, habang ang kanyang ngiti nama’y nakapapawi ng lamig. Sa tuwing ilaladlad niya ang mahaba at kulay-mais niyang buhok, nababalot ang mundo ng isang mainit at manilaw na yakap.

Hindi lihim sa buong kalangitan kung gaano kamahal ng Buwan ang Araw. Ganoon din ang damdamin ng libu-libong bituin para sa Araw, at kapag sila’y di pinansin nito, ang ilan sa kanila’y bumubulusok patungong daigdig at kusang pumapanaw. Inalay ng Saturno ang kanyang mga singsing, ngunit ito’y tinanggihan ng Araw. Mula noon, ang kawawang planeta’y palutang-lutang na lamang sa kawalan at nagsusulat ng mga tula ng pag-ibig.

Maging ang mga nilalang sa mundo ay nahuhumaling din sa Araw. Ngunit sadya itong hindi maabot kung kaya’t sila’y nawalan na rin ng pag-asa - lahat maliban sa isa.

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