Solstice....that pivotal day in the year, when the seasons change...
and when the daylight is longest
and when the cycle of the planets shifts so that the
earth's relation to the sun shifts....
and we are reminded of change
in light, in temperature and in growing patterns
and we are reminded that we are part of this
shifting cyclical pattern
both men and women,
our thoughts move outdoors
especially in the northern hemisphere
and while we watch flowers and fruit
and vegetables grow, we know
that this is the peek of the growing season
and from henceforth, for this year, we are
moving to the darker, colder first
harvesting and then frost and snow
when the earth and many animals go
resting to begin another growth
pattern with new life and new birth and new
leaves, blooms and bounty...
and we speculate and pray and observe
joining the natural with the mystical and
the overwhelming majesty of the universe...
whose fragility we dare not take as given
as we belch our gazillions of tonnes of carbon
into its breathing spaces
wantonly, unconsciously and