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  • Writer's pictureJean Linville

great conjunction on the winter solstice

Updated: Dec 27, 2020


December 17 - December 21 Week 48/72


as the longest night of the year

begins its quick descent

I gingerly make my way

through knee deep snow

to light a little teepee

of kindling awaiting

the touch of a match

flames spring to life

dancing in frost-tinged air as

maple and birch branches

victims of a summer storm

now cut, dried and stacked

feed the robust fire working

to push the growing darkness

farther and farther away as

bright orange sparks float up

to share a kiss as Jupiter and Saturn

slow dance behind the hill

while I sit under the same sky

as my niece and great nephew

thousands of miles to the south

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Bethe Hagens
Bethe Hagens
Dec 22, 2020

I haven't been outside too much this particular 1/72! It has warmed and frozen off and on, and so the whole yard can be a sheet of ice. I walk down the stairs across the walk and up the stairs into my workshop, and I feel grateful I've made it without slipping. WHY don't I put my little cleats on my shoes? My real passion (besides sorting in my study, taking breaks to write, and getting ready to get back to research-writing) has been a couple of cohorts of ravens who are beginning to show up everyday. BLACK as I've ever seen, and perfect around solstice. They are so aware of their environment. If I am standing at the door…


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