“The road from appearance to reality is often very hard and long, and many people make only very poor travelers. We must forgive them when they stagger against us as if against a brick wall.” —Franz Kafka

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice

The science



I started this post in the morning and now, hours after dark, I'm finally getting around to finishing it. Tonight is Winter Solstice so I must. Whether you ever read this or not, I want to wish you a serene end to the old cycle and at least one moment of deep peace sometime during this longest night.

It's also four days before Christmas. Neighborhood houses, trees, and bushes twinkle with lights and re-inflated santas and cartoon characters wobble in the dark. It's a nostalgic and, all too often, bitter time. In the last several years the solstice has been my personal winter sanctum and, as in years past, I'm re-posting this poem. It's my candle in the window after I turn out the light.

Winter Solstice illustrated


2 comments:

Roy said...

We made it past Christmas, New Years left to go, then the long haul to what we used to call "Valentimes." A good new year to us all!

asha said...

Indeed. :-)