[Editor: This poem by P. I. O’Leary was published in Birth: A Little Journal of Australian Poetry (Melbourne, Vic.), June 1920.]
To the Sun
Grand egotist that sees us pale and pass,
Be not so scornful! Suns when we are gone
Will see your fire, as though it never was,
Banked in the ethers of oblivion.
— P. I. O’Leary.
Birth: A Little Journal of Australian Poetry (Melbourne, Vic.), June 1920, p. 49
ether = the air; the upper regions of the atmosphere (especially beyond the clouds); the sky (especially clear sky), the upper regions of the sky, the heavens; nothingness, the void of space