Writing into the Darkness- Writing into the Light

Monday December 21st, 2020 was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time to meditate on light and darkness. AND the Great Conjunction happened, the aligning of Saturn and Jupiter. I kept going outside to try to see it and never was able to, but even knowing that it was happening was cool!

It’s amazing to me how our natural world goes on without us, though we know the way we behave impacts it. Hmm- it is as if we weren’t really the center of the universe. Sometimes I think we’re just here, doing all we can to get attention from the planet, the universe, everywhere. So, now is the time to tune inward.

This is the beginning of a new cycle. We begin anew.

From winter solstice on, the days will get longer, the nights shorter. Let’s write into the darkness and into the light. This solstice and Great Conjunction marks a new turning point for us all, as it does for the universe we live in.

Today, I would like us to write about our relationship with light and also with darkness.

First write about the darkness and what it means to you, what gifts it brings you, whether you are afraid of it or not, how you co-exist with it, how it may allow a time of rest or hibernation, or may be a space of hiding. If you have an uncomfortable relationship with darkness or are afraid of the dark, you may even want to welcome it into your life, set rules for darkness, hold a candle (write the light in there too- after all, we know darkness in contrast to light).

Next, write about light and what it means to you, what gifts it brings you, whether you feel safe, comfortable, exposed, does it bring you hope? What does growing light bring? How does light affect all you see or sense? How does it change the colors of the surrounding natural world?

Added questions- THE BONUSES– What does Winter Solstice mean to you? What does the Great Conjunction mean to you? Is there a special hope or wish or wondering about how life might unfold for you or the world? Is there a wondering about how others see this natural wonder?

Happy Solstice and Happy Writing! The days are already getting longer.

May you be safe and well!



Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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