Eleusinian Equinox

Eleusinian Equinox
 
Two equal and opposite
days hold sway
in the fine mind
of the back yard:
sun and shade
warm stone   chill wind
decay               retreat
       a flowering.
 
It’s a wedding
            apparently,
and we’re all invited
to throw ourselves into
the contradictions
so that some third
   being might be formed,
some cusp-born possibility.
 
Even though we came in summer
            willingly,
came bearing gifts,
            we leave in fall,
a few hours later,
stripped bare, emptied out,
            newly nameless,
orphaned by the rite.
 
S. Robbins, September 22, 2020, from Readings

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