Did you know, that during the long nights of winter
the nocturnal tides are far greater than those which occur during the day?
And the tide on the night of the Winter solstice is
the biggest one of all.
While I sleep, the sea creeps in and takes great uncontrolled bites out of the beach
while noone can see it.
If you walk here during the day, the sea will try and pull you in, suddenly, when you aren't expecting it.
I danced my own solstice ritual at the edge of the sea
looking into the relected light with my palms above my head
acknowledging the whales passing by unseen
in their deep speckled silence.
I thanked the sea and the sky for all the wonder in the world,
the breath in my chest,
my two hands together,
and how lovely it is
to be able to move in complete freedom
under the sea.
Later that day,
I swam in a race, all of us flying into the winter sea
The sea was wily and wicked
and tossed everyone about in a wild way
and right near the edge
stole the goggles right off my head.
Just like that.
I dont care, I said, I can be blind and still swim.
Now the days are longer, just a little,
and my son has a new friend.
My daughter tidied the whole house yesterday while I worked,
and I counted twenty days
between myself and far away shores.
That makes me very happy.
I am thinking about all this
while having my breakfast.
Twenty short days.
as always, looking out towards the horizon.