Today marks the furthest tilt that our little planet takes from the sun, and as such, the longest night and shortest day. In this year of all years, a time to hold close, to tend fires.

This morning, a friend shared a John O’Donohue poem;

 

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green,
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

 

In other news, my little storygame Tree Seasons is live! If you like building and sharing resilient visions of the future, then you’re welcome to download, workshop, and share.

 

Happy Solstice friends, family, & comrades both near and afar.