The equinox happens to all of us
at the same moment around the Earth.
Some things we share, and no one
can change that – no government, no person –
can change the always counter-clockwise moving forward.
Slender lunar crescent in the western sky.
First thing we see this spring dusk.
And the Moon’s shy dark side illuminated
in earthshine – sunlight reflected from our Earth.
“Is that Mars or Mercury?,” she asks.
we are really closer to the sun
this solstice and we are moving faster.
Not much, but at noon I’m feeling
dizzy, gravity-heavy and dreading the new year
when we will be closer, even faster.
Today being the solstice, we are having longer days than back in June at the earlier solstice. Earth’s perihelion – closest point to the sun – always comes in early January. That means that the Northern Hemisphere winter (Southern Hemisphere summer) is the shortest of the four seasons, even though it is also the longest days for the entire globe.