At 12:24 this morning local time in NYC the sun reached it’s highest point over the north pole, and its lowest over the south pole, then stood still in the sky. It didn’t actually stand still but, according to Wikipedia, “the word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.”

Somewhere along the line our planet’s axis, relative to the sun, got knocked a little off-kilter. The consensus among people who form such consensuses is that some large celestial body – an asteroid or another planet – slammed into us before careening away. Maybe it was the moon. In any event, the light of our sun doesn’t fall evenly across our planet during the course of a year because we’re a little wobbly. Today is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern.


The rotation of our planet on its axis has been slowing over time. 4.5 billion years ago a day was only six hours long. 350 million years ago, during the Carboniferous Period (late in the Paleozoic era), a day was a relatively relatable 23 hours long. But seasons, if there were any, were indistinct and the planet was mostly covered by ocean, except for the area where Pangea was forming. So, not that relatable. We’re up to 24 hours a day now, and growing.

I hope this longest day of the year (or shortest, depending on your whereabouts), is a good one for you.


Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I’ve got something I can laugh about
I feel good, in a special way
I’m in love and it’s a sunny day
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

We take a walk, the sun is shining down
Burns my feet as they touch the ground
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

And then we lie, beneath a shady tree
I love her and she’s loving me
She feels good, she knows she’s looking fine
I’m so proud to know that she is mine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine
Good day sunshine

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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