(Poem) Summer Solstice by Mary Saracino

On this longest day of the year

I long for more time to write more poetry

sing more songs, eat more chocolate cake, laugh more often

I long to dance in the daylight, scooping the sky into my arms

as summer shines its abundance on everything it touches

I long to live more whole-heartedly, embracing love and hope

surrendering to risk and vulnerability

On this longest day of the year

I long for more courage and perseverance,

more chances to savor the joy that leaps from every blossom

the sunshine that shimmers on every leaf, on every tree

I long to be more generous and kind,

to play with abandon, like a wild-eyed child

sliding down slides, swinging on swings, prancing across the playground

On this day longest day of the year—and every day, short or long—

I long for more time to be, see, celebrate

the many ways—big and small—that everything

is of the One

the One

the only One.

Art by Carrie Burt
Art by Carrie Burt

Mary Saracino is a novelist, poet and memoir-writer who lives in Denver, CO. The anthology, She Is Everywhere! Volume 3 (iUniverse 2012) that she co-edited was awarded the 2013 Enheduanna Award for Excellence in Women-Centered Literature from Sofia University. Mary’s most recent novel, The Singing of Swans (Pearlsong Press 2006) was a 2007 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Her short story, “Vicky’s Secret” earned the 2007 Glass Woman Prize. For more information, visit www.marysaracino.com.

5 thoughts on “(Poem) Summer Solstice by Mary Saracino”

  1. I love this, Mary. Blessings of abundance and joy upon you.

    This is such a wonderful line:

    I long to dance in the daylight, scooping the sky into my arms

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