Winter Solstice 2012

We live in an unstable world.

Armies wreak havoc across many lands.
Someone somewhere is harmed
by religious and ethnic violence
every day, every night.
The economies we create
to support our lives
fail us.
Our elected government officials
refuse to govern.
Children are shot and killed
in their classroom.
The weather confounds us
and brings massive destruction.

But in spite of everything
the Dark and the Light continue their dance
with Sun and Earth
as they have for billions of years.

And tonight
ike our ancestors before us,
with rhythm, music, and song,
we join out heartbeats
to the hearts of all living things.

We watch for the Winter Sun
that grows dim and distant
to return.