Dark nights

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As the Solstice approaches I ache for the light.  I have filled the house with colour.  The windows go uncurtained.  Yet the darkness fills the spaces and day disappears.

Problems that seem surmountable on a summer day take physical form, wrap themselves around me, crave my attention, howl that they will  suck me dry.

Where are the translucent green leaves, the soft, warm winds, the sunlight kissing my bare skin, yellow-winged butterflies, pink sweetpeas,  sweet-scented honeysuckles and fat, humming bees?

Summer winds carry me away, down to the hot sand and pebbles, the dappled forest path, the rich soil of the life-giving garden.

How much longer do I have to stay and struggle here in this dark place, when somewhere there is summer?

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About treewithroots

Magda and Brent solve crimes and unravel mysteries on Mayne island. These exciting mystery/adventure stories for 9 - 13 year-olds, Magda's Mayne Island Mystery, Mayne Island Aliens and Mayne Island Skeletons, are available at various bookstores in the Gulf Islands. Amber enjoys reading to school classes. Teachers, please contact her if you'd like her to read to your class.

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