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Between the Candle and the Shadow    
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer)
A poem about winter solstice and summer solstice in the North.
Posted: 03/01/10      [No comments yet] ~ 130 words.
 

Between the Candle and the Shadow


We live between the candle and the shadow.

In winter, the sun travels south
So far from us that the light it sheds
Is no more than the glow of a candle
Hidden behind the great mountains.

We live between the shadow and the candle.

In summer, the sun travels north
But never reaches the height of our sky --
And even so it reduces the power of night
To a fleeting shadow cast by the mountains.

We live between the candle and the shadow.

These are the candle nights of winter
When the sun is a dim ember of memory.
These are the shadow nights of summer
When the sun twirls behind a shady veil.

We live between the shadow and the candle.

Author's Notes

This poem came out of a discussion about Torn World astronomy, calendar, and the day/night cycles in the North.

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