Looking south, the sun cast one arm over the Amazon basin.
Looking north, it put the other, covered with golden bracelets, lightly on the Sierra Nevada. It draped itself upon the earth.
Sliding through the jungle and slipping off the peaks it withdrew to the rumpled Pacific, and pausing there, and reaching its hands down to the west coast beaches, it ran its fingers through the tidal pools. They turned pure gold.
“And there, and there and also there,” the sun said softly, and it laid tender fingers of light across the stirring sand.
We are the best,” said the mountains, always first and last to warm and be warmed. ”
Then the palms and pines along the western beaches whispered, running their fingers through their lovely hair.
“What about us? What about us?” they called out.
The sun flipped its fingers playfully and splashed sunlight up into all of the leafy trees lining the beaches, and seeing this they rose up on their pointy root toes, grabbed pieces of the light and fixed it in their hair.
Suddenly, each wore a sparkling tiara.
“Oh,” the trees murmured softly. “Give us more!”
But there was too much for them to hold.
Big pieces of the sun broke free and sailed toward the east.
The great sun slid along, pulling a shade across the Pacific ocean. It rans fast now towards Asia and Australia, crying out for Europe, calling out for Africa.
It ran, singing out for the Himalayas, the Tien Shan, the Urals, laying itself down upon the Tibetan Plateau and the West Siberian Plain.
“I’m coming now,” it whispered softly to Lake Baikal, to the Bay of Bengal and to the great Sundarbans.
“We are waiting,” they called back, “for you.”
Jealous, the great peninsulas of Europe, the Iberian, Italian, and Balkan, beckoned to the light. “But us, but us, but what about all of us!”
“Fall on our peaks too!” called the Alps, Pyrenees, Apennines, Dinaric Alps, Balkans, and Carpathians,
And the sun, with a total, complete and utter equanimity, sang out softly to the glowing earth, “But you know so well my precious ones from all my time with you, that I … I have no favorites.”
And then it fell with a laughing, loyal, lasting love upon the whole of the great Serengeti.