Tilted we are.
          Our northern hemisphere tilts 
          away from the sun
          its farthest from our sun
          Hibernal Solstice
And we stand still 
          27 minutes past the hour, 
          3 minutes before the hour in Newfoundland and Labrador: 
Listen to hope in quiet stillness. 
Absorb the peace of darkness. 
Blessed by the night we are. 
Blessed by shadow and the cooling moment of tilt. 
This earth-sacred moment of pause
          Longest Night


—Catherine Faith MacLean

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