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Winter Solstice 2020

Jan 18, 2021


Winter Solstice 2020

By M.A. Dooley

To re-build beauty we split the wood

Don’t split the hairs, it does no good

 

To build more beauty, we light the flame

The kindling catches, we say the names

 

Of those we love who went beyond

They shaped our lives, they’re never gone

 

Reflection first, then put it away

Forgive, don’t forget, make up one day

 

Let go the work, the world of greed

The rules of day, the ego needs

 

Gathered in darkness wait for the light

Beauty glows on faces this fire lit night

 

The circle round holds hearts and dreams,

Tears fall for loves no longer seen

 

The year was wrought with judging and pain

Hindsight 2020 the last refrain

 

Awake on the longest night, the fire

Releases suffering and unmet desires

 

This invocation is for you,

You represent your sisters too

 

For mothers, daughters we hold you dear

For fathers, sons not shaped by fear

 

We stand for sacredness of life, for living

The year’s behind us without misgiving

 
We stand together and hold our place
Embrace salvation of the human race
 
We are so close to being one
Let’s end this year with love and fun.

M.A. Dooley is a fourth generation Californian who spent her childhood in the Santa Cruz Mountains. M.A. Dooley is an architect in partnership with her husband. They have three sons. Among a multitude of athletic interests, she loves to ski and dance. Her work has been published in Sunset, Trends, San Francisco Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat, and in Poems of a Modern Day Architect published by ARCHHIVE BOOKS, 2020.



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