The Dead of Winter

Photo by C.a.t.

It is less than a fortnight until the Winter Solstice, an auspicious one too.  There is a conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter that has not been seen in eight-hundred years.  The last time this happened the Mongols were sweeping through what was left of the Persian Empire.  This is why the national sport in Afghanistan is buzkashi.  Horsemen riding for the privilege of dragging a beheaded sheep around a playfield.

I look forward to expansion and change in a large-scale social sense as we claw our way back into the Spring.  We will see who the sheep are and who are the riders.  There are always spectators who gamble on the outcome.

Photo by C.a.t.

About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

2 responses to “The Dead of Winter”

  1. essa says :

    Oh yes, the great conjunction! Looking so much forward to it – what a great ending to this unruly year.


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