Solstice

SOLSTICE

and the sun stands still

above the Tropic of Cancer

before the long days shorten

(lengthen at the other pole)

earth tilted like a heliotrope

stones at Stonehenge

capturing the stalled sun

both midsummer & midnight

sacred in the old religions

still as a photograph

for this long day only

then rushing on

toward that next

 

Solstice:

and so we begin

an album of seasons,

their inevitable shifts

subtle or spectacular, divers

by place as by season yet always

familiar, ancient, and replete.

 Midnight sacred - photo by Willy Wilson

Midnight sacred - photo by Willy Wilson

 both midsummer & midnight - Jennifer Kapala

both midsummer & midnight - Jennifer Kapala

 before the long days shorten - photo by Barb Toyama

before the long days shorten - photo by Barb Toyama