My 100th post!
This Day of June
zenith of the sun
semaphore of summer
the day when the flowers start melting
into fruit into
the day when the very stones come alive
with lichen with
this day of June is yours
this day of June is you
Christina Egan © 2012
Photograph: Christina Egan © 2014
I like to think of a human life as a sequel of seasons:
with glorious midsummer when one is a mature adult!
(‘Midsummer’ around solstice, ‘maturity’ around 35 to 45 years.)
This has also recently become the typical age for marriage
and parenthood. Also, most people now have long lives,
so having a chance to run the course of all seasons.
The two solstices are symbols of the cycles of nature:
at the highest point of the sun, heat and harvest are still to come,
but at the same time, the days are already getting shorter again…
Conversely, the lowest point of the sun sets off the period
of bitter cold and snow, but also of ever longer light and new buds.
The seasons are interlinked, as are all cycles of life and death.
The next post, A Quilt of Light and Shade, describes
the time around summer solstice in London, England.