Summer solstice

Sol sistere

So. The sun stands still.

And for half a heartbeat
The year is balanced
Like a coin on its edge.

On the sarsen-studded hill
They watch the light
Flare round the hele stone
As white-robed priests
Chant Alban Hefin incantations
In a strange, forgotten tongue.

Then the clock ticks
And tips us over
To start the long slow roll
Down into darkness
Where Alban Arthan waits
Crowned with holly, bound in iron.

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10 thoughts on “Summer solstice

  1. Very atmospheric Nick.

    I was reading a poem this morning by a friend who lives in South Australia. Her poem celebrates the winter solstice. Your poem provides me with the contrast

    David

  2. A very fine and beautiful piece on the Summer Solstice. I’m glad I stopped by to read.
    Despite my being in the south I could still feel the warmth radiating from your beautifully penned words and the magic one feels come mid-summer.
    Thankyou for sharing. πŸ™‚

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