I let you go

I let you go

as ash falls away and

your Phoenix wings spread

in the colours of fire.


I let you go

as you taste smokeless

air as you dance,

curl, somersault

in the breeze.


I let you go

to beat your wings

to the drum of the Earth,

to swoop low

and hear

the rhythm of the trees.


I let you go

to watch your

reflection soar,

to gaze in the still

lake and

know your flames.


I let you go,

and then,

that day you come back,

I will open,


the hearth to your fire.

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Solstice

In the night
steeped with dark
we hold heavy
secrets.

In the longest night
we can whisper them
one by one

no one will hear

but the souls
and spirits
that have no light
that dwell in shadow.

They will take our
heavy offerings
one by one
so we can be still
and sleep
and feel our losses

so when the sun
rises
it can fill us,
empty of shadow
with warmth
and light.

Here on the Solstice
we give up
what we know is lost
to find
the New Year.

Here in the UK it’s sunset, this winter Solstice. I hope this night heals and holds all who read this. And that tomorrow brings great candles of hope.