on December twenty-third

the weatherman said

we’ve passed the winter solstice

today we gain

one minute of daylight


just one minute of daylight

I thought

what can I do with a minute of light?


hug my husband

share a kiss

say a prayer

pay a bill


standing at my kitchen window

watch snowflakes big as daisies fall

while robins forage

in the holly bushes


savor chocolate

steep a cup of tea

peel a clementine

breathe its sunny scent


or sit

eyes closed

hands open

breathe slowly, deeply

find my place

feeling life move through

a minute of light

and me




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