Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Here Comes the Sun

I know that right now the world (at least here in the Northern hemisphere) feels pretty bleak: icy cold, barren, and dark—dark so early and for so long that the days feel like a brief glimpse of light flashed in a cave. And I know that we’re all going around right now looking a bit like this:

Or at least I am.

But today the tide finally turns. Today, the Winter Solstice, will be the shortest day of the year—but after today, every day will be just a little longer, and the sun will stay with us for just a little more time.

So, despite the current gloom and the months of cold, snow, and ice we have ahead, remember that, after today, and sooner than you think, the days will be dazzling, the evenings long and golden, the sky hazy with heat.

Soon enough, the flowers, those randy plant genitalia, will open again and lift themselves to the warm heavens, and the air will fill with buzzing and birdsong and rich ripe scents.

Just hold on a few more months now, and remember: tonight the tide turns.

{A note: I do write all text and take all pictures. Please do not reproduce either without my permission.}


Anca said...

Thanks for that hope, as we're heading into snow and icy rain.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I always feel a bit optimistic on this day, unwisely perhaps.

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