Winter Solstice 

The earth tilts slowly on its axis:
one side leaning toward the light,
as the other turns away —
taking shelter in the darkness.

Sunshine and shadow,
both/and,
yin/yang
in one.

Perfect symmetry
reflected in the other:
cold answered by heat,
renewal responding to decay.

Thus it is,
as it should be:
the stars align in the heavens
and all is right with the world.

Caverns are echoed by peaks,
valleys by hills,
oceans mirror deserts,
forests reply to grasslands.

High and low,
large and small,
weak and strong,
all are one.

There is no opposition,
no demarcation,
only gradual,
unending change.

Fierce summer,
harsh winter,
both heralded
by mild spring and fall;

gradually
each turns into the other
and back again;
variations on a single theme.

Every instant is an ending
and a beginning;
as night falls
a new day dawns.

Deborah Beach Giordano
December 21, 2014

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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