free and unfettered,
as Saturn and Jupiter align.
wild laughs echo
as mist blurs the treeline.
Copyright 2020 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: My friend, Leela, posted this photo of the evening she and her family sledded and witnessed the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter just after sunset (Monday, December 21). I was all set to write a poem as if the photograph were sunrise, wanting a beginning to parallel the new year soon beginning, but Leela reminded me that sunset is a blank slate. We all deserve a blank slate, as we let 2020 melt away. Thank you, Leela. Happy Holidays, everyone.
Writing Tip: A good poem reflects your life. In my case, I used memories of sledding trips with my kids to imagine an experience Leela’s family had. Focusing on the poem, the act of fitting memories and imagination into two structured quatrains was meditative for me. In these stressful days, finding a way to be meditative can be the difference between a good day and a bad one. May you find ways to release your stress that work for you.