three ways of celebration

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I’m not a Pagan…I’m not a Christian…

…I’m not much of a partier…

Yet during this Solstice season, I’ve become a bit of all three:

I’m enjoying the deep mystery of darkness, as any good Pagan would—a mystery that speaks to my own dark depths…

But when that heavy darkness begins to feel oppressive…

I try to create some levity—just as all those festive partiers do.

But because such revelry doesn’t provide enough spiritual sustenance…

I also meditate on this ironic truth: the longest night actually marks the returning of the light….

So, like the good Christian, when I see images of the Christ child shining in the dark manger, I experience a feeling of hope.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry: the blog

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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