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Days of Ice and Fire

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My goodness, there are days

And days

So many days in winter

Solstice, Christmas, Saint Stephen’s

New Year’s,

Epiphany

Saint Brigid’s (Imbolc)

Groundhog Day

(Candlemas

more so in the world)

Lunar New Year

All the other new years

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We hope for weather

Hope for seeds

Hope for good crops in spring

Hope for spring itself

A good one,

Only wet enough

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For these hopes,

Having days

And nights

Lighting bonfires

Singing against the cold

Even white madness

In some parts

While in the south,

It’s summer

(we’d only have to look

there

for our hopes)

There are other days

At other times

But winter draws in many,

And they overlap

As cultures,

Folklores

(these days conveniences)

Decide

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We need the hope

We call it SADS to treat

(and must)

But in the old

Of old

It was the awful gathering

(full of awe)

To light the fire

Sing

And hope for more

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To sacrifice, perhaps

Or otherwise negotiate

Life on the season’s

Other side

Bargained fearfully

With god

And god

So many gods

Before we thought

We knew

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photo by Miroslav Škopek on Unsplash

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