†    Winter Solstice

       Corlene Van Sluizer
Itís the Solstice
and the Amaryllis stalk
stands tall
its green mussel shape crown
slowly opening
to a Solstice sun
which may appear today

To celebrate the
longest night
to remind that
beauty stays hidden
in its safety sometimes
until it is time
to surprise
to remind us
about the preciousness
of life
even in its most
fragile, splendid, and
vulnerable state

Corlene Van Sluizer,

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