Solsitice Song. A poem by Josephine LoRe

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Solstice Song
 bury me in ashes
 bury me in bone
 bury me in mountainland
 a thousand miles from home
 bury me the depth of my height
 the width of my wonderment and want
 toss yellowed roses onto freshdug mound
 let each poet stand and speak one single syllable
 unutterable truth
 for I have lived my seasons each
 daffodil iris spring
 have splashed in summer lake
 worn crown of buttercup
 walked auburn carpet leaves under slatestorm sky
 I have
 and now I come into my winter
 each day 
      shorter, each night 
 deeper, and the air 
 stings my cheek
     burns my lung
 so I retreat within walls of wood and stone
 sit within fire’s glow, pull duvet close
 darkness, an invitation to dream
 a sky full of stars
 infinite possibility of night
   memories … reveries
      reflections … ruminations
 circle growing smaller
 until it encompasses only my skin, my soul
 lodged within me deep
 the husks of yesteryear
 daughter   student   lover     aupair     wife
       teacher   mother   poet
 each layer adding to my soil
 this winter though is not to be my last
 my trunk has not withered, my roots 
 run deep in richbrown ground, my branches 
 still bear fruit and the secret of bee in blossom 
 whispers yet within my ear
 and in this moment
 when the southern-third basks in golden light
 now is my starfilled night
 snow in moon’s blueglow
 wonderfilled reveries, muted hush
 by ember’s glow do I take refuge
 seeds within will germinate again
 in the humus of leaves cast, petals dropped
 and soon, oh soon, the axis will tilt 
 and we will journey closer to the face
 of the glorious sun
 but until that moment comes
 bury me in ashes
 bury me in bone
 bury me in mountainland
 a thousand miles from home 

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a pearl in this diamond world … Josephine LoRe has published two collections:  ‘Unity’ and the Calgary Herald Bestseller ‘The Cowichan Series’.  Her words have been read on stage, put to music, danced to, and integrated into visual art.  They appear in anthologies and literary journals across nine countries. 

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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