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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Color of Transition [Today's News Poem, December 21, 2010]

The Color of Transition [Today's News Poem, December 21, 2010]

Red is the color of movement: a light in transition
Caught inbetween the activities; caught as the salmon
Swimming upstream where she spawns and she dies—like the vessels
Red with the ambient oxygen, red before rupture
Blackens the substance that falls from the orchard of heartbeats.
Plant in the dirt where the redness will fade, where the river
Waits for erosion, where fry learn to gobble the movements
Traced on the surface of things; such as water appearing
Clear for a lifetime, then cloudy with blood on the fringes.
Blood in the sky that's unnoticed, and even the lava
Under the surface of surfaces reddens a while.

"The last time the solstice coincided with a total lunar eclipse on the same calendar day was long before any of our lifetimes, experts say. The year, according to Geoff Chester, public affairs officer at the U.S. Naval Observatory, was 1638. (Starhawk, a prominent Wiccan, told The Washington Post in an essay that the two events have not coincided since 1544.) "
—Washington Post Staff,, Tuesday, December 21, 2010; 11:44 AM

"A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 has struck in the Pacific off southern Japan, triggering a tsunami warning."
—Associated Press, DECEMBER 21, 2010, 1:53 P.M. ET

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