The Queen of My Self


Here are two poems in honor of the Summer Solstice by our lovely readers.


The Longest Day

By Laurie Corzett

Earth of sea and land and air

Lit into opportunistic life

by her mother star

Energy for you and me to

burst into bloom

flit fly in

busy devious thievery

cacophonous rambling


Surging through veils,

storms breathing ice, sand,

the fire of prophecy

the flood of melting,

glacial migration

bequeaths rage, rampage,

rapacious gratuities

boiling beneath.

It’s not winter here, nuclear quiet,

all’s right for the longest of nights.

Not yet.

The eternal balance

rocks, stars, dark

inconsistencies with

metaphors of the righteous

long ceased bowing to scriptures.

Tomorrow, the Sun will rise.

The Earth will revolve.

Life will adjust, compromise.

After the workday, we celebrate

potent evening light.


In observation of Summer Solstice

By Christina Countryman


In recognition of the blessing of being alive on this beautiful planet

With great gratitude I honor the four directions


To the east and all that lay in that direction…

May the air and oceans enfold you in glorious beauty

And all creatures thrive upon your shores in health and harmony

Blessed be


To the south and all that lay in that direction…

May your mountains and rivers wash clean water to the sea

And your lakes and forests shelter all who dwell there

Blessed be


To the west and all that lay in that direction…

May the big sky of your plains sparkle with crystal clarity

And gift all life with healing rains and glorious sunshine

Blessed be


To the north and all that lay in that direction…

May your midnight sun shine upon a planet filled with hope

And the possibility of a peaceful world be made real

Blessed be


Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She is the Midlife Midwife™ offering counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity.



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