Turn the clock’s face to the wall

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.

 

 

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Earthshine

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.

 

The days are longest now, not figuratively,

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.

Sundial

A 19th-Century Pocket Sundial

 

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.