if you get up early
during these short days get out, walk towards the east stand still, watch the bright light grow from deep blue, so blue its almost black to steel grey watch the horizon burn turn, look up at the highest point study the golden light edging down the church steeple the conifer the pylon city hall's clock tower you'll feel the Earth spinning taking you into a new day
sooner and later
edges of day stretch apart cast light into gloom
n.b. The shift is noticeable, not just the steadily extending day, but the intensity of light seems to increase as the Sun’s daily arc moves toward the centre of the northern sky’s canopy.
clock hands coincide
alcohol, fireworks, bagpipes relentless orbit
n.b. A fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things. Our solar system wheels on through the Universe, no looking back.
this is the limit
solar orbit continues we move toward light
n.b. Can you feel it? Can you feel it? Can you feel it! Something to celebrate brothers and sisters.
n.b. This deal does not apply to dwellers in the southern hemisphere.
tardy Sun arrives
pays us cursory visit clocks off as soon as...
n.b. If it even bothers to turn up for work these days.
drowned in street lighting
giving up her fight with man another day gone
n.b. The waning crescent slips barely noticed below the horizon. Here just visible above the retail park roof, just to the right of the lamp.
the planets and stars
worry not about our troubles they rise above us
n.b. Jupiter and satellites with Mars over Lac Léman.
Sun barely abed
when with a gleam in his eyes fat orange Moon wakes
n.b. Jupiter and her offspring were on their way home too. A busy hour or so around the horizon as the autumn equinox hoves into view.
the Moon lies
in some galactic gutter
off his face on space junk
leaving all the lights on
so many colours, constellations confused
by brilliance of the luminous clutter
and you here, warm, safe, sound asleep
to the universal song and dance
of the stars going loopy
given their chance
Night’s shadow climbs hill
fills in hollows, outlines trees.
Sun ignites heaven.