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[Poetry] Summer Poems

A few years ago, I worked as a motor coach driver in Alaska. Based out of Anchorage, I used the opportunity to re-connect with my father, whom my mother had divorced when I was very small. Spending time with the family was wonderful, and I always associate Midsummer with connecting my father and the Sun God. It is a magical time and Alaska, too, is a magical place. The land is so alive with animals and plants, which go crazy with growth when the sun is out for so long.

Alaskan Summer

[Midsummer]
In Alaska,
the mountains give birth to the sun
every morning
He rides the Sky victorious
over the Back of the Whale
and he takes all day to do it.
For 23 hours and 15 minutes,
He conquered Darkness.
But Our Lady laughs
and calls him to her breast,
so like husband or child
He goes.

[Lughnassadh]
Here is a subtle shift.
He is still King
Victorious!
Yet he misses his partner so
He rushes toward Her
faster every day.
He doesn't care
that the wildflowers
are turning to berries.
The leaves soak up the sun,
but in spending so much time
in sunrise and sunset,
they copy the golds and reds
His blood sacrifice
He knows he must
give in to Darkness
But
Not Today.

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  1. Frank Comeau
    June 22, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Was your time in Alaska the first reconnect with your father? Do you see the connection made as permanent? Questions asked by a father who recently reconnected with a daughter – only on facebook – after a 17 year lapse from her since age 7, seeking a deeper reflection of reconnection from a daughter’s vantage point. Here if you please or if you’re of a mind francis.comeau@gmail.com

    • June 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

      It was the first deep reconnect. He was quite in and out as a kid, and living so far away wasn’t much help. This was the first time I met him on my own terms, as an adult, and healed some old wounds. I think the connection is a base for new, stronger connections in the future. I haven’t seen him in over a year, now.

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