The longest day

22 June 2011 § 9 Comments

The longest day

I need not wait
Until the earth
Tilts my hemisphere toward the sun
At twenty-three degrees:
For me
The longest day
Can come on any given date:
Each time I find myself
Confined indoors by work or weather;
When the phone is ringing
Constantly, each call adding another hair
To this shirt of mine;
When the bike betrays
A secret creak or nervous tick;
The hunting-dog goes lame or off his food;
The numbers topple
No matter how I stack them;
The lame knee does protest too much;
Or one of my beloved girls
Is gone.
Days stretched and overstuffed with hours,
That end in nights
With far too few.

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§ 9 Responses to The longest day

  • Narnie says:

    Fantastic. It belies the stillness that should be within the longest day and instead whooshes through with a thought that jumbles up into an end. I love the solstice and the whole feeling/thought/longevity of it all and I am thrilled that this poem is here. And of course, I wouldn’t have expected it to be anything other than wonderful. πŸ™‚

  • slpmartin says:

    An excellent point regarding what really defines the ‘longest day.’ πŸ˜‰

    • gonecycling says:

      What got me thinking about the importance of perspective was the fact that the term ‘longest day’ was also, famously, given to 6 June 1944. I don’t suppose the guys landing on the beaches in Normandy were too worried about the niceties of the Earth’s axial tilt on ‘le jour le plus long’. Thanks for your comment, Charles.

  • belfastdavid says:

    Absolutely spot on Nick.

    We give significance to days and to dates but they are not the things which matter!!

    I hope you are having a good day today πŸ™‚


    • gonecycling says:

      Thank you, David – not having a bad one at all, actually; been working over in Hampshire with a very talented graphic designer who’s also a dear friend. Just need to squeeze in a few miles on the bike and it’ll officially be a good day! Glad you liked the poem.

  • Ina says:

    The longest day is the one with no night at all. Maybe that is the good part πŸ™‚
    And you are right, the longest day if not messured in sunlight, can be any!
    After all, all days have 24 hours, but some days just never end.
    Have a nice, normal day lol.

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