Pass slowly over me

Sun in Gemini

Pass slowly

Pass slowly over me

Blue and pearl of July sky

Lift from this day

A living crown of summer’s leaves

And place it on my hidden head

As lasting ghost of sky that shone

?

This done, let me pass this way

When days are dark and short

And ground is mud and slush

When man and dog have weary feet

Their homeward trek near ended

To wooden fire that warms the soul

?

With shortened strength in darkening eve

Let me pause a breath, remembering

And reaching back, pull down that crown

Then, for a heartbeat, blaze within

Uniting dark and light in song of human tide

Whose role and right is seeing both.

?

Stephen Tanham

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