A Poem for the Spring Equinox: JESS VICE
Today most especially
we hover in the balance.
Day meets dark in
but we –
we are tipping in the light.
2. Winter’s End
Out of a season
of pruning, pause, prudence,
of waiting waiting waiting,
bony, ashen creatures
lapping at dregs
weary of cold
hungry for light,
wringing gray flake from our creaking limbs.
I want to plunge deep roots
putting out blind tendrils that grope for more
to entwine and bind –
with you –
together holding our dear Earth.
We will weave her a shining net,
gold in the broken places.
I want to spread my fingers into the sun
to cup it into the pale curved leaf of my body
swallow down the liquid light
course it through my secret channels
and greedily nourish each twining limb.
Draw the ancient promise deep
into my tree heart.
The light is coming.
Jess Vice, written on 21 March 2020.
Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere occurs on Monday 20 March 2023 at 17:24 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) in North America. It is also called March Equinox or Vernal Equinox. Equinox means ‘equal night’ – when the duration of the night equals the duration of the day (in hours and minutes) across most of the planet. From 20 March the amount of daylight increases until the Summer Solstice in June, marking the longest day.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls