Northern Hemisphere June’s early-morning light accompanies me.
Perhaps it’s the same as September sunlight
but the earliest sunrises of the year
happen now with the northern summer solstice
and year’s longest day a week away.
One door quietly closes and another opens.
This longest night I also tilt away.
That very low noon sun stilled me,
sent my thoughts south to summer, until
someone no longer here called my name.
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.