Solstice Greetings 2007
Tip north, darkest day of the season
but down below, reverses to the longest
with sunny rays dead on.
Either way, when gaiety dons
festoons of snowy boughs or fruit laden
arbors heaving to golden harvests,
our work is done as we anticipate
the New Year, between the dark
and light of solstice.
You hoary voyagers—my friends
bearing gifts of luminous mind
outside the turn of celestial events,
I send you greetings
from north to south
across the equatorial circumference
of our common purpose,
whose light, after all,
outshines the arc of time.
*Nasa composite image of the sun using extreme ultraviolet light at summer solstice circa 2004 from different vantages on earth.