PERIHELION (January 4, 2017)


Earth closest to the sun in winter

Tropic of Capricorn

Tossing out snow

Earth farthest from the sun in summer

Tropic of Cancer

Feels like a lava flow

All in the tilt

Tilted away, the sun chases

Demanding Earth not turn her back

Tilted toward, the sun ignores

Spurning her approaching track

Interesting how you,

Like the sun,

Reject me when I’m sirening

Yet desire me

On those days

I choose to be apart

And hide my heart


© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

Image:NASA, Information: Bruce McClure, EarthSky


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