Winter Solstice *dedicated to my neighbors on Gittings St

It is nearly the winter solstice

Darkness lays upon the land

Seeping between buildings

Curling into cracks

Reaching tentacles that

squeeze the lungs and heart

It is hard to breath

or to feel anything 

but despair

Then we string lights 

across the street

from neighbor to neighbor

We decorate our front stoops

and railings

I wrap my juniper in tiny colors

and my friend puts up a blow up snowman

The street lights up

Warmth returns as we pass the lights

from one hand to another

from one home to another

Peace and joy reign.

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