#6 summer solstice 2015

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In the Chinese lunar calendar the 6th day of the 6th month is an auspicious day for doing things like building a reservoir, storing water, or digging a pond. It is not a good day to have a wedding. On our Virginia calendar it was a good day to pick peas and enjoy the breeze and visit with friends who have a new puppy. It was a lovely evening to sit on the grass and enjoy the waning day. We watched how the light falls against the grass, and witnessed the puppy explore a new world.

06-white-peas-2015.jpgIf each day falls
inside each night,
there exists a well

where clarity is imprisoned.

We need to sit on the rim
of the well of darkness
and fish for fallen light

with patience.

--Pablo Neruda, from The Sea and the Bells,
translated by William O'Daly

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