Solstice

[<] [>]  by Julie Carriker

7 December 2012

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Drabble Challenge #103

Prompt: dark
I light the single candle
As the last glow of twilight fades from the evening sky
Darkness enfolds me
Broken only by one flicker of light

Throughout this long, dark night
This solitary flame will continue to burn steadfastly
As did the bonfires
On the hillsides and squares of ancient civilizations

This simple act
This ritual performed by me, as by so many before
Will light us through
The darkest and longest night of the entire year

When dawn breaks
The sunlight will return to warm our hearts
And tomorrow night
Will be long and darků but two seconds shorter

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