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Amy Pinney has been writing about Alaska for the last five years since leaving her state job to raise her two children. They love celebrating the seasons and plan to ring in the 2017 summer solstice on a beach in front of a late-night bonfire with delicious citrus sun cookies.
Writers' Weir: Summer Solstice 062117 AE 1 For the Capital City Weekly Amy Pinney has been writing about Alaska for the last five years since leaving her state job to raise her two children. They love celebrating the seasons and plan to ring in the 2017 summer solstice on a beach in front of a late-night bonfire with delicious citrus sun cookies.

By James Kelly

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Story last updated at 6/20/2017 - 7:14 pm

Writers' Weir: Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

(A virelay poem)

By Amy Pinney

The sun God beams her rays on earth

Creating dancing shadows

People flourish with reborn mirth

Singing with drums and banjos

Warmer days set our skins aglow

Fruits ripen ever faster

We salute the dawn with gusto

While wildflowers fill pastures

Children hang their bright suncatchers

In reds and oranges of sunrise

The longest day is now captured

Where sprouts reach out to the skies

Dawns a fresh season of outside

Amidst vivid green color

The sun soars above to new heights

And fiddlehead ferns unfurl

Wearing flower crowns in dance spins

All souls warmed in summertide

Alive with birdsong and squirrels

Handpicked herbs are vased and dried

The north folk have a skipping stride

Golden sun forms baked in dough

Welcoming rebirth, purified

With stewardship, seeds are sewn.

Amy Pinney has been writing about Alaska for the last five years since leaving her state job to raise her two children. They love celebrating the seasons and plan to ring in the 2017 summer solstice on a beach in front of a late-night bonfire with delicious citrus sun cookies.