Happiness and health to all my friends & family (whether you celebrate the summer or winter solstice)
Friday, December 21, 2018 5:23 pm

Winter sunshine often glides
On beams astride a tilted Earth
Sun at its southernmost post
North Pole plunged in darkness
But it is the moment of the
Solstice (meaning “Sun Stands Still”)
When it stops, reversing
Moving northward, a path to fulfill
Ancient calendars in Mayan Tulum
And Salisbury’s Stonehenge
Honored this scientific moment
Capturing the speck of light
Before the longest night
And we continue this in modern times
Among the mammals hibernating
The serpents brumating
We humans manically do our preparations
Baking, cooking, buying, greeting
Dancing, singing, talking, eating
Because we understand how fleeting
Time is for all on Earth
The Sun, long worshiped
Warmth and light to keep us safe
Unconditionally touching everyone
Sun doesn’t care about my autism
Sun doesn’t care about my aging
Sun is there even on the cloudiest days
Even through the dampness and haze
I greet this gorgeous, golden Sun
One of the few constants in my Earth span
Revolving around the Cosmic Plan
That is you…

(c) 2018 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: Bucketful of Red & Green


  1. A pleasant journey from the ancient to the new, Clarissa, and very true. Perhaps the end-of-year madness makes more sense here in the other hemisphere. You remind me how long humans have believed that they were the center of everything, that the sun moved around us, but as you say, the sun doesn’t care, doesn’t judge. Many still believe that our solar system is special: oh such intelligent lifeforms wander on our planet, and yet … so many other planetary systems have already been found. Leaving the science aside, I wish you all the best for the solstice, the festivals and a marvellous 2019 of music and poetry and life. 🌻

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    1. The egocentricity of humanity! I suppose it is a DNA-related survival mechanism but I always think of 2001 A Space Odyssey with the triumphant ape swinging a femur, just another skull crushing day…But as you say, Steve, I also wish you the best for Summer Solstice and maybe more people will Google the images of the Cosmic Web and understand what life is truly about! ❤

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      1. I agree, Clarissa. I find it interesting to try to imagine, to see how far we can go beyond our DNA, beyond the walking fish, beyond that ape. Meanwhile our summer solstice has brought temperatures over 90F every day.


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