Midwinter

Midwinter

'Gatsby believed in the green light..'
(F.Scott Fitzgerald)

We woke to a dark day
twisting around the equinox,
light entwined like ivy,
the low sun skimming
the earth like a flat stone.
Suddenly the sun sank,
beaching itself, a crimson whale
on the shore of the earth's edge,
clouds wound round it like a scarf.

Perhaps this short, dark day
is meant for meditation,
mulling over time,
how it trips and traps us,
how it's continuous trek
wrings and wraps us,
our slivers of carbon
diffusing and infusing
to the long ring of sleep.

Embers from our fire redden
in the afternoon dusk, heat
pulsing from your hidden places
full of electricity.
Over the water, a green jetty light's
switched on revealing it's location,
somewhere far, somewhere almost lost.