A Spanish Woman Owns the Sun

Spaniard María Ángeles Durán discovered a loophole in the 1967 UN treaty about celestial bodies. The treaty states no country can own the moon or sun, but does not prevent an individual from taking possession, according to her. Durán is an attorney, psychologist and writer.

Her ownership document declares she’s possessed the sun since 2010. Once again Spain has an empire on which the sun never sets!

Solar Panel Array Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

She plans to charge people for use of the sun; for solar energy and agriculture. Very clever idea, but no one seems to be buying it. However, in 2015, several people lodged a lawsuit against her for the sun’s damage to their skin…

To express ironic opinions on this news item, I will utilize the poetry form for our February poetry challenge: pareado, two rhyming lines that are advice or a saying. (Sneak peek for next week!)

The woman who believes she owns the sun,

thinks she has the ball and the match is won.

La mujer que se cree dueña del sol y

con pelota se gana el partido de fútbol.

Durán says she will give half of her profits to the Spanish government, a percentage to Spanish pensions and a percentage to research. Does that justify her claim?

Can anyone own the sun, moon or planets in our solar system? Silly replies encouraged. Bonus points for rhyming pairs. ¡Olé! –Rebecca

The Snowy Path Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
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