Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge –
“Summer Solstice” (posted by Toni)
“Today on this day after summer solstice, I want you to mark the occasion – to pay attention to the sunrise and dawn, to mark the passing of the sun. Ancient cultures did this – Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, Chaco Canyon for examples. The sun pattern on Chichen Itza for the spring equinox looks like a serpent – “the return of the Sun Serpent.
Machu Picchu – Temple of the Sun on Summer Solstice
In today’s Chaco Canyon, the Ancestral Puebloan people, who were expert sky watchers, carved spiral designs into rock to track the seasons and the passage of time. In this canyon is a petroglyph called the Sun Dagger because of the way the sun’s wedge-shape beams strike it in midday during the summer and winter solstices.
I want your feelings about this summer – the fresh berries you had on your cereal for breakfast, the cobbler you baked, the bees you watched pollinating the flowers, the minnows swimming in the creek, the way you watched the sunrise or set, the water on sand. I want your stillness, your mindfulness, your reverence for this day. I want your joy about the beginning of summer and your vacation!”
climb up siding
as sun strikes.
Dog lies down
in patch of light. Sister’s gift–
lantana plants which
dots of yellow and orange.
swarms with bees.
Light lasts longer on