Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Equinox, Equator


September equinox illustration
Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, 
so the equinox in September is also known as the
Autumnal (fall) equinox in the northern hemisphere. 
In the Southern Hemisphere, it's known as the Spring (vernal) equinox. 
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September ~ New Year
by Susan Chast

Best cool of night and warmth of day
Be spring or fall your hemisphere
To sleep and wake to self in play
Best cool of night and warmth of day
To know the God to whom we pray
In Nature’s arms and atmosphere
Best cool of night and warmth of day
Be spring or fall your hemisphere.
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"With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere."
 C. S. Lewis

“The summer ended. Day by day, and taking its time, the summer ended. The noises in the street began to change, diminish, voices became fewer, the music sparse. Daily, blocks and blocks of children were spirited away. Grownups retreated from the streets, into the houses. Adolescents moved from the sidewalk to the stoop to the hallway to the stairs . . .” 
― James Baldwin


“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    "Winter is dead.” 

― A.A. Milne


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Midweek Motif ~ Equinox, Equator

Here we are again when Fall and Spring begin on opposite sides of the Equator.  

These are my favorite seasons as North and South spin away from each other.  And for only a minute, Light and Dark stand evenly and gaze at each other with neither envy nor fear.  

Your challenge: In a new poem, show us the Equinox or the Equator as you experience it. 



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There will be Stars

by Sara Teasdale
There will be stars over the place forever;
After the house and the street we loved are lost,
Every time the earth circles her orbit
On the night the autumn equinox is crossed
Two stars we knew, poised on the peak of midnight
Will reach their zenith; stillness will be deep --
There will be stars over the place forever,
There will be stars forever, while we sleep.



Said a Blade of Grass

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Said a blade of grass to an autumn leaf, “You make such a noise falling!  You scatter all my winter dreams.”

Said the leaf indignant, “Low-born and low-dwelling!  Songless, peevish thing!  You live not in the upper air and you cannot tell the sound of singing.”

Then the autumn leaf lay down upon the earth and slept.  And when spring came she waked again—and she was a blade of grass.
 
And when it was autumn and her winter sleep was upon her, and above her through all the air the leaves were falling, she muttered to herself, “O these autumn leaves!  They make such noise!  They scatter all my winter dreams.”

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Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence? 
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds. 
Open your doors and look abroad. 

From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before. 
In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across an hundred years.


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Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community

 Next week Sumana's Midweek Motif will be ~ 
Two Souls: Caged and Free              

30 comments:

  1. Good morning, Poets United! Notice how I snuck in another poem of my own? And then yesterday I learned that today is the International Day of Peace, so my new poem attempts to combine the two motifs of peace and equinox. Not a happy marriage. May your day be full of peace today. The Equinox is tomorrow. And the Equator? I have never been there, have you?

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  2. I've also tried to include Peace, though it's scarred and smeared with tears. Here in India we live with a heavy heart these days.

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    1. Here too. Sometimes it seems obscene that the world keeps turning, but it is the seasonal cycle that has it right. It goes about its business, on and on.

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  3. This was a tough one for me, but then i realised the words were just urging themselves onto the keyboard, so i complied
    Thanks for an interesting prompt Susan

    much love...

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    1. I love when words do that! Thank you, Gillena.

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  4. I enjoyed writing this one.If it had not been for the equator prompt I don't think I would have ever written about this long forgotten experience. Thank you.

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    1. You are welcome. I'm happy to read about that trip filtered through who you are now.

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  5. My poem with Spring greetings from the Southern Hemisphere...

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  6. Susan, your poem is beautiful! And the others you have chosen for this post are lovely too.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. It means a lot that you think so!

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  7. This is a beautiful prompt. I enjoyed writing on this one. And thanks for sharing some beautiful poems. I liked your poem, Susan.

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    1. Thank you, Purba. I love what comes out when we are enjoying the process and prompt.

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  8. Thank you for the midweek prompt - perfect for an equinox - apologies if I can't get back to all posts this week. Always appreciate your visits and comments

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    1. No worries, Jae Rose. I'm so happy to see you here.

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  9. This is a beautiful prompt. I enjoyed writing on this one. And thanks for sharing some beautiful poems. I liked your poem, Susan.

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  10. Hi kids, I am in the Okanagan, visiting relatives, and am already tired from talking so much, lol. I will try to write something later today. Visiting a dear friend from coffeehouse days this morning. Looking out over the lake, being taken out to dinner tonight, feels like the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Lol.

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    1. Enjoy and have a coffee for all of us xo

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    2. Well, that's great! A peaceful day on the day of peace. You deserve it. (I posted your poem.)

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  11. Hey everyone,

    Hope you guys are having an amazing day so far 💖 sharing my poem "un soir d’automne" thank you Susan for the wonderful inspiration and prompt 💖 hope you like it 😀


    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  12. Thanks for this prompt, Susan! There is always something new to be written about this topic..I enjoyed this.

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    1. Thank you, Mary, Good, because it'll be here again in 6 short months. Haha.

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    2. Ha, it i ALWAYS a timely topic! Smiles.

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  13. Thanks for the timely prompt - I will be going to a Fall Equinox celebration tomorrow night!

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    1. Not I, but I will write about it today anyway. At the autumnal equinox, I used to write on paper I wanted to rid myself of and burn he paper, then affirm aloud what I wanted to nurture over the winter.

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  14. Wonderful prompt, Susan--balanced and perfect for the day. ♥

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    1. Thank you, m'dear. It is so good to see you!

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