The Substitute Sun by Boris Glikman

A story to make you think and laugh by the very talented Australian writer Boris Glikman.

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The Substitute Sun by Boris Glikman Image by Agnieszka

The world awoke one bright morning to find that the Sun was gone, replaced by a circular cardboard cut-out. The cut-out was roughly coloured in by a yellow pencil, with some of the colouring straying beyond the circumference of the disc and staining the blueness of the sky. Short cardboard rays were coming out of the rim and there was a smiley face sketched inside the circle. It looked just like a child’s drawing of the Sun.

After mankind had recovered from the shock of losing their beloved star, plans were made to locate it and put it back in its rightful place. Great rewards were offered to anyone who could provide information as to its whereabouts. Police forces allocated their best men to try and pinpoint who was likely to commit such an act.  Pressure was put on crime organisations to reveal if this was their…

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Kookaburra sweet, you neither chirp nor tweet. Your laughter is much like mine, my cackle is much like thine. We are two sister souls, one clad in feathers, the other in clothes. ~ Irina ~ I’m a budding blogger. Poetry and photography are my newest passions, living in perfect harmony inspiring each other. I like both free verse and form poetry and am quite proud to let you know that I am the creator of a new form named ‘tercetonine’. Blog Name: Irina's Poetry Corner Blog URL:
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29 Responses to The Substitute Sun by Boris Glikman

  1. Boris says:

    thank you Irina, much appreciated!

  2. Almost Iowa says:

    Irina, that was wonderful!!

  3. DG MARYOGA says:

    Good morning my good friend Irina!Hope all is fine with you and that you are enjoying the spring colours.Thank you so much for bringing out this precious story.Indeed,we are surrounded by an ersatz world which we all tend to accept and we remain passive.I’ve left my humble comment on Boris site and have explained to her how I arrived there … Have a beautiful Friday my lovely friend!Sending you hugs of friendship & love 🙂 ♡ x♡ ☀ xxx

    • irinadim says:

      Thanks, dear Doda, I’m enjoying spring and I’m delighted you like this story. Boris is actually responsible for my “career” in cyberspace. Have a look at my reply to Greg above. Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation of his writing. Have a great weekend. Hugs xoxox 🙂 Irina

      • DG MARYOGA says:

        Seemingly,the motives were strong and that’s how your WP “career” started!I don’t keep a FB account,unfortunately,I cannot admire your work there too.
        Anyhow,I can see all the bright sides of you & your warm feelings here & on Twitter!
        I’ve to thank you for your kindness and your response.Keep breathing fresh,spring air and have a wonderful weekend 🙂 ❤ xxx

    • Boris says:

      thank you DM, I appreciate you reading my story and your thoughts on it. Just to clear up any confusion, I’m a “he” rather than a “she”.

      This story is actually a kind of a companion piece to another story of mine titled “The Shadow of the Great Nebula of Orion” which can be found here:

    • Boris says:

      thank you Doda, I appreciate your interest in my work. I also left a reply to your comment on the Scully Love Promo site. Here’s what I wrote there, in case you ddin’t see it:

      thank you Doda, I really appreciate your insightful and heartfelt feedback on my story. I’m glad that it resonated with you. I do try, through my writings, to make the readers see things from a new angle and in new light, and to enable readers to have insights into customs, norms, behaviours, assumptions etc that are accepted automatically by society and are never questioned.

      If you wanted to take a look at more of my work, I have a personal blog here:

      • DG MARYOGA says:

        Your work towards a better world with passion and your positive thoughts are very influential and well-received!Thank for the link,I’ll soon check it out.

    • Boris says:

      Thank you again Doda. I appreciate your interest in my work. Here’s a link to one of my most popular stories with my readers, if you wanted to take a look.

  4. irinadim says:

    The weather is absolutely glorious today. Will do a bit of gardening. You’re not missing much of my work by not being on FB. My main platform now is WP. Not doing much here at the moment either with my laptop being repaired. Must try another post from my smart phone just for fun! Have a lovely weekend, dear Doda. Hugs Xoxo Irina 🙂

    • DG MARYOGA says:

      When the weather is nice gardening becomes one of the most joyful pastimes.I can figure you enjoyed it and your weekend too,dear Irina.A new week is on the way,hope you enjoy every minute of it!Looking forward to seeing your new post from your smart phone!Hugs & Kisses 🙂 ❤ ,Doda ☀.-~*´ xxx

      • irinadim says:

        Unfortunately my phone is not as smart as I thought it was. I wrote a short poem to accompany a photo but the phone is unwilling to arrange it in lines as I envisaged it. Or perhaps I don’t know how to do it…But I can pay a visit to your blog in the meantime. Happy Sunday, dear Doda. Hugs Xoxo *** 🙂 Irina

  5. DG MARYOGA says:

    Presumably,we,human beings,are smarter than any cell phone and any other gadget of High-tech.No worries,dear friend Irina;I’ll be patiently waiting until it’s all sorted out.Till then,I’m sending you all my love and my respect as well as a bunch of thanks for your touching comment on my Parga colours!It was so very well-worded and bore the signature of a gifted poetess,of a nice ad sensitive person like you!Hugs for the day,my lovely one 🙂 ❤ ,Doda xxx

    • irinadim says:

      I got my laptop back so my little poem has been posted. Yesterday I spent 6 hours with my husband in the Emergency. He’s still there and I’m waiting for the results of the arterial scan in his right leg. Keeping fingers crossed. Thanks for your nice words, dear Doda. Hugs and best wishes. 🙂

  6. DG MARYOGA says:

    Good morning my dearest Irina!I got good and bad news from you my friend.I’ve just seen your Lavender post and the Acrostic Poem,which I’ll enjoy after replying to your newsy comment.With your laptop in your hands now,everything is easier for you.However,I was really upset to know that you and your husband spent 6 hours in the Emergency.I’ll keep my fingers crossed and I’ll be anxiously waiting for the results too.Hope you get the best results and that your adventure comes soon to an end.Happy Tuesday my friend ~ All the best to you & your husband always. 🙂 xxx

    • irinadim says:

      Thanks for your caring words, dear Doda. I’m late with my reply, but only today I received the good news that there’s no blockage in his arteries and the pain in his leg was due to the infected big toe for which he’s been getting a strong antibiotic intravenously 4 times a day. They don’t want to let him home before he’s out of danger. A good friend went to visit him yesterday and today. I talk to him on the phone, housebound with a bad back – the result of prolonged sitting in Emergency on Monday. All’s well that ends well! Hugs xoxo 🙂

      • DG MARYOGA says:

        Thank you so much for letting me know!You were in my thoughts,yes,”All’s well that ends well”and sunny Spring days will help you forget all this adventure.From what you say,it’s safer for him to be in hospital and much easier for him to get the antibiotic intravenously,the iv therapy is the fastest way to help him.Happy Friday & Weekend my lovely one!Hope he is soon back at home 🙂 ❤ xxx

      • irinadim says:

        He came home yesterday, very tired. Today Sasha’s been sleeping all day practically. Still on oral antibiotics. Luckily my back has improved so I can take care of him. I’m counting my blessings! Happy weekend to you, dear Doda. Hugs xxx 🙂 ❤

  7. DG MARYOGA says:

    Did he?Your good news have brightened my day,dearest friend Irina!I think that this is going to help Sasha more than the antibiotics.Keep counting your blessings,there is so much pain all over the world that we should be grateful for all the good things life has given us.Whatever happens we should never forget that there’s always something worse.Breathe the fragrance of your beautiful Lavender and enjoy a relaxing weekend,my sweet friend.Hugs xxx 🙂 ☀ ❤ ☀

    • irinadim says:

      You’re right, we must never forget how many people in this world are in a worse situation. The weekend was lovely and sunny, so was Monday, but today bad weather is approaching, with rain and wind predicted for a few days. Well, I’ll just practise being grateful again for the garden getting life-giving water. Have a great week, dear Doda xxx 🙂 ❤

      • DG MARYOGA says:

        How nice Irina!Your garden is going to enjoy the blessings of rain and soon your plants will show their gratitude to nature in their own unique way!Spring and Autumn rains are always welcome.We are lucky too as the first autumnal rains have started in Greece.Nevertheless,some regions received rather catastrophic rainstorms and aweful wirldwinds.Have a wonderful & peaceful day,my friend 🙂 xxx

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