Before the Solstice

On Solstice morning

 A Sunday School was singing in my mind

Count your blessings

Count them one by one

Count your many blessings

See what God has done. 

My awakened mind paused at the word, God

I thought of all the God  and Goddesses words that were not included in my Sunday school lessons:

Adi Buddha-Yeshua-Yaheweh-Allah-Baha-Parmatma-Shakti-Jehovah-Yeshiva-Yemoja-Oya-Oshun-Ayida-Weddo-Quan Yin

I sing a verse with each holy name within it

I stumbled on the unfamiliar fit

As I sang until

The rhythms to fit  

Another song came

I woke up this morning with my mind on freedom

I woke up this morning with my mind on freedom

I woke up this morning with my mind on freedom

Hallelu, Hallelu ,Halleujah 

My guide on this morning 

On the cusp of the 

Shortest day 

Longest night I

Count my blessings 

Keep my mind on freedom 

Let go

Give up 

Into the night

Confusion-Forgetting-Grief-Despair-Rage

Fear-Silence-Inertia

I lean on

Increase

Love, honor, joining, creating, giving, receiving 

I depend on moving toward the light

In bask and revive in 

Joy

Andrea R. Canaan

December 20, 2019

Atlanta, Georgia

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