D. H. Lawrence’s poem reminds us, much like Raymond Carver’s ‘Happiness’, that the best life has to offer us can be found just here, in just being. In true Lawrencian style, he dismisses ‘chatter’ and the “narrow little/ bargaining” that occurs when people try to discuss their ‘feelings’ and instead pleads a case for connecting with one another at a level beyond words, “oh be/ a sun to me”. Not only is the image of the sun a warm, life-affirming one, it is also constant: even in the darkness of night, the sun is still shining; even in difficult times, the true trust between people – the unspoken, entwining trust – will continue to shine.

D.H. Lawrence
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