#20 winter solstice 2016

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After an afternoon of errands we returned home to feed our pets and walk. The sun had dropped below the horizon and the pale colors set the tempo of our steps. The temperature dropped and our hoods came up, but we kept the rhythm going, beating the same path, yet paying attention to the day's nuances.

20 winter 2016.jpgMark Strand
Lines for Winter
Tell yourself

as it gets cold and gray falls from the air 

that you will go on 

walking, hearing

the same tune no matter where 

you find yourself-- 

inside the dome
of dark 
or under the cracking white 

of the moon's gaze in a valley of snow. 

Tonight as it gets cold

tell yourself 

what you know which is nothing 

but the tune your bones play 

as you keep going. And you will be able

for once to lie down under
the small fire 
of winter stars. 

And if it happens that you cannot

go on or turn back 

and you find yourself 

where you will be at the end, 

tell yourself 

in that final flowing of cold through your limbs

that you love what you are.
(for Ros Krauss)

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