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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Solstice and Aurora Borealis

On Sunday, which was Father's Day, marked the first day of Summer. With the Summer Solstice, the day is the longest. Although the day is the longest, every day after will get darker a minute earlier, until the Winter Solstice in December where it's the shortest day of the year. Of course, this is in the Northern Hemisphere. It's the opposite in the Southern. What prompted me to write this was this post from last June 22. I really love that poem I wrote and I want to share it again:

Summer Solstice 2014

Until winter, he added, the days become short,
slowly getting darker a minute early. Placing tortes
on the table, planning parties for the Fourth of July.
It'll be dark by nine, we can watch the rockets fly--
if the mosquitoes buzz, inside will be our last resort.

I sat upon the beach, blue waves rushing, I exhort;
let's spend time at Lake Michigan, music is your forte,
he pondered while he took a shot of whiskey and rye.
Until winter, he added, the days become short,

crickets and grasshoppers orchestrate slowly and cavort
the death of summer, our worries vanish or transport.
He then stares at my starstruck face, his subtle kiss implies
that despite the scary persona, he is a rather nice guy;
summer fades while cold October winds creep and thwart--
until winter, he added.


The night sky was beautiful on June 21st. However, tonight's sky was interesting and very pretty. We had severe storms two hours ago (everyone is okay, although our one tree isn't and we lost several branches), yet when the storm subsided, yellow skies replaced the gray. I never saw skies so yellow and I never saw the sky make everything look so yellow. I was awestruck and never saw such beauty. I call it God's glorious beauty.

My dad said that we were getting the Northern Lights after an electro-magnetic storm causes things to shift and spread beyond Alaska and Canada. Someone at the library was talking about it too. I looked at different links and it looks like it happened this morning. Who knows, it's gorgeous regardless and once the yellow subsided, I saw pretty pinks. I sent the picture to Liz, whom moved to Alaska four years ago and thought she was a pro with these things. :)

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/photos-northern-lights-glow-ov/49144066
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/23/instagrammers-capture-enchanting-and-rare-views-of-the-northern-lights/





After the yellow subsided.



Tonight I need your blessings and grace,
your showers of calm, peace, and yellow;
I need for you to dowse rain on my face.
Tonight I need your blessings and grace
to strengthen me when I can't keep pace,
to pick me up when I'm depressed or mellow.
Tonight I need your blessings and grace
those showers of calm, peace, and yellow.

6 comments:

  1. How lovely.

    My aunt's power got knocked out so we had her family come over and shower here today. It may have nothing to do with what causes the lights over Alaska/Canada, but that's something of note from today.

    Have a good evening!

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    1. My parents said they lost power for 5 minutes. I was at work and the library's lights did flicker. Arrived home in the rain.

      It was stunning. I have never seen such a thing before! <3

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  2. Nice poem. It seems like people blog more about the Winter Solstice for some reason.

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    1. Thank you! I prefer the Winter Solstice, but I like writing about both. :)

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  3. Looks as though the sky has been set alight! The only times I've seen skies like this has been when smoke from wildfires has encompassed a region.

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    1. This is my first time seeing the sky like this! Breathtaking!

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