Invitation from a Winter Star

December 21, 2020 | Tags: , , ,

On the longest night
of a long, long-shadowed year,
a new star shining
briefly on the horizon,
aligns the slowest
planets in the sky.
Jupiter and Saturn
appear as one,
in a proximity
456 million miles wide,
to the earthbound eye
one fifth the width of the moon.
What proximity
might my heart’s eye
notice here in gravity’s grasp
in the stardust scattered
within and all around me?
You and I
circling an illuminated hope
for peace,
each in unique orbit
of differing arc and speed.
Come. Watch with me.
Let’s step out
into the longest night
together looking
for a convergence
we can follow,
an arc of love bending,
bending toward justice,
bowing to a newborn
ancient dream.
With gratitude for the light you shine
and sending Solstice greetings
and good wishes
for the long nights still to come.
Karen Hering
December 21, 2020

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