Ooze of Light from Sun and Moon
December 21, 2010
This morning I watched online as crowds at Newgrange gathered to experience the coincidence of a winter solstice and lunar eclipse only to be disappointed when snow clouds prevented the blended light of sun and moon from seeping though the passage tomb.
Out the window a blackbird chases a robin from the bread I’ve left under the plane tree that looks famished in its peeling bark. The temperature is -10C. What’s happening to the weather?
I read Gerry Dawe’s poem ‘Solstice’, composed for the winter birth of his daughter:
‘I see the ice outside fall / and imagined the fires burning / on the Hill of Tara ring …’
A year flickers to a close. To-morrow the days will start to lengthen once more. On the brink of another beginning.