21 June 2010

The Longest Day

I remember just thinking as a kid that summer days were all endless.  But as an adult, I watch the azimuth of the sun a bit fretfully, and I noted how high it was today.  Tomorrow it will be imperceptibly lower, and in a few weeks those attuned to such things (Cindi and I both are) will feel the darkness growing again - that the azimuth will not be quite as high nor the journey quite so long from sunrise to sunset.  I really do love each season in its turn, but it's an image of life in this fallen age to me that the very day that summer officially arrives marks the beginning of its deterioration, a descent into the cold and darkness.  Here all our joys are tinged with sorrows - but they point beyond themselves.

What earthly joy remains untouched by grief?
What glory stands forever on the earth?
Frail shadows - all, delusive dreams;
Which death will one day sweep away.
But in the light of Your countenance, O Christ,
And in the enjoyment of Your beauty,
Give rest to those whom You have chosen and taken
For You are the Lover of mankind.  -- St. John of Damascus 

There IS a summer-time coming that will have no end - a true rebirth of the creation, a Palingensia, as our Lord referred to it in Matthew's Gospel, chapter 19.  Each swiftly passing earthly summer reminds us of the Day without Evening in the Kingdom of our Father.


Unashamed said...

I understand. For some of us there are but two seasons: summer, and waiting-for-summer.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this will change, the bittersweetness of the turning of the year's seasonglass, if I move south... Will one become tired of the light and want the season of shade... and what of the fireplace or the blinding light on snow, I can do without these but remember both as postcards moments from my younger years... someday the hourglass will be placed on its side rather than what we see as upright and it will outline the sign of infinity... Harvey Mozolak

Anonymous said...

OK, Will... reformed the thought into tighter words:

Harvey S. Mozolak

tight vortex of half
the year
the end of June
an unseen turning
of the seasonglass
its falling sand
a rain become snow
its descended desert
will by December
need a fireplace
the blinding light
on tundra will seek shade
place the eight-shaped
octave of the weak
upright hourglass
on its side
stilling seconds
hours to moments
months within eons
outline of the sign
of the infinite
quiet of God
encroaching time
spilled on soiled straw
wood and stone
between the incarnation
and its eastering