Words for a Wednesday Solstice

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Summer is, obviously, a favorite topic of poets, but this is the one poem that says Summer Solstice to me.  And I find its call to courage particularly appropriate for these times. May the longest day of the year bring great joy to you, may the sun shine on your crops, whatever they are, and may we bring to fruition that which we most long to obtain.  This is my will.  So mote it be.

Little Summer Poem Touching on the Subject of Faith
Every summer
I listen and look
under the sun’s brass and even
into the moonlight, but I can’t hear

anything, I can’t see anything–
not the pale roots digging down, nor the green stalks muscling up,
nor the leaves
deepening the damp powers,

nor the tassels making,
nor the shucks, nor the cobs.
And still,
every day,

the leafy fields
grow taller and thicker–
green gowns lofting up in the night,
showered with silk.

And so, every summer,
I fail as a witness, seeing nothing–
I am deaf too
to the tick of the leaves,

the tapping of downwardness of the banyan feet–
all of it
happening
beyond any seeable proof, or hearable hum.

And, therefore, let the immeasurable come.
Let the unknowable touch the buckle of my spine.
Let the wind turn in the trees
And the mystery hidden in the dirt

swing through the air.
How could I look at anything in this world
and tremble, and grip my hands over my heart?
What should I fear?

One morning
in the leafy green ocean
the honeycomb of the corn’s beautiful body
is sure to be there.

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One response to “Words for a Wednesday Solstice

  1. Yes, we need courage these days! Your words are lovely on this special summer day! And may we appreciate this earth and the sun and all they provide.

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