A Close Encounter

A museless mind
in quest of just one spark
in a sea of darkness.
The year is new;
Void surrounds this fallow pen.

the  gibbous moon couldn’t sway
the night. Can your astronomical feat
accomplish what it did not? Distance
has no power over seasonal flux;

Only the tilt accomplishes that,
but  tonight as Earth  travels closest
to the Sun, if you should see
a wayward muse,
please send it home.

Earth reaches perihelion – its closest point to the sun for the year – on January 4, 2020. The word “perihelion” is from the Greek words peri meaning near, and helios meaning sun.

Earth is closest to the sun every year in early January, when it’s winter for the Northern Hemisphere. We’re farthest away from the sun in early July, during our Northern Hemisphere summer. So you can see that Earth’s distance from the sun isn’t what causes the seasons. On Earth, it’s mostly the tilt of our planet’s axis that creates winter and summer.


10 thoughts on “A Close Encounter

  1. gwendrina

    Hi Sarah

    I love this and that opening is beautifully dynamic. I can really emphasize with the “museless mind”. I am in that state myself presently and hopefully some pull between the tides of earth and moon, and the sun will intervene. This is so well thought out and wonderfully phrased!

    Thanks for sharing,
    My best always

    1. Dear Wendy,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. they lift me from the fog of this constant rain…
      (every day for a week now. I’m thinking of building an ark!) Between this special point
      in Earth’s orbit and the full moon due on the 10th, I am hoping for inspiration. As for your
      writing, my friend, it is always inspired and inspiring.

      Happy New Years to you and yours.

      Sarah ❤

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