Equinox

Earth tilts and spins,
turns another face to the sun,
and today, mid-tilt,
we all get the same
light and darkness.

For we all are the same,
light and darkness
mixed.
“Hosanna!” and “Crucify!”
mingle on our lips.

South and North
face into autumn and spring.
My repentance looks one way,
yours another,
to face our darkness,
or to live in our light.

We do not lament our differences
or force our repentance upon those
from another hemisphere.
We turn as we must.

   —March 21, 2018