Poetry Corner: Solstice 2012

By Wendy Alford


a catching of breath


scarcely perceptible

not Christmas

just Gaia



the song thrush is back

not so loud as in the Spring

tunefully pensive

the trees are quiet


only the pale leafed eucalyptus



cars and trucks

moving along the road

are normal

unaware they are missing

something important

I want to shout

at their indifference


the light is low

with ebbing clouds

shadows of past solstices

circles of years

cross the haunted sky


December 21st  2012

not a premonition

but an opportunity

reaching out

for us to grasp


my hopeful arms

stretch wide

Brodgar in the snow B Bell

Many thanks to Bernie Bell for sending in the poem and the image


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