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this was the year of traditions begun.  the world still dark, the morning still early, i climbed into my uncle's car.  we drove out to the ocean, where the rippling sea fuses with the sky.  white-headed eagles were perched still in trees.  they cocked back their heads, opened their hooked mouths and screamed.

across an empty parking lot where once a cat had followed us.  over driftwood pale with frost and sand hardened by the cold, we walked.  our breath came out of us in thin plumes.  it rose above us and hung there like smoke signals to the gods.  

there were gulls on the water, gulls sifting through sand, gulls with their grey backs and faces, their opportunism.  i have a tarot deck whose theme is birds.  the gull encourages us to communicate.

there was a small group of us gathered there, my uncle and i, and some other pagans.  some of them i'd never met before, but they were kind and beautiful and their vibrations were gentle.  

i put my nikon to my face, it was like my third eye become tangible.  in the breathless intermission before the true dawn, i captured that womb-pink sky, and we waited.  we were patient.  

"it's coming...." we whispered.  "it's coming....."

there was a transition we barely noticed, something on which we couldn't put a finger, but the world was then suddenly different.  the sun ascended from behind the horizon, opening the sky with its burning.  
the third eye opened and shut.  each image different than the one before it as the sun ascended.

"this is rebirth of light."

"the days become longer now, longer than this one, longer than the ones before this."

the sun rose until it was finished rising.  until it was suspended over the mountains, and smeared like a fire across the water.  there was a fullness in our lungs from it.  the light came into us and reached into all of our corners.

"it's here...." we whispered.  "it's here....."
this is my entry for crliterature's holiday traditions prose contest [link] :la:

this is about watching the yule sunrise, the new tradition we started this year :)
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
"there were gulls on the water, gulls sifting through sand, gulls with their grey backs and faces, their opportunism. i have a tarot deck whose theme is birds. the gull encourages us to communicate."
Amazing. Thank you for sharing, and congrats on the DD! :heart:
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you so so much!! i'm really glad you enjoyed this piece..... yule is one of my favourite days of the year, so it means so much to have received a dd on this :) thanks so much for reading it! :heart:
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Of course, thank you for sharing it! :heart:
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
:) :heart:
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
So great to see this noticed by so many, for all its power and beauty! :):)
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Writer
merci beaucoup, mon ami!!!!!! i'm very glad you liked it!! maybe one year you'll be able to join us for the yule sunrise!! :)
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
That would be nice, I mean ..gentil! :):)
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
:) :) :)
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nxoxtxhxixnxg Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
beautifully written. wonderful to read and reflect on yule and what it means. you have captured the rebirth of the god, and the light of the goddess within him. it is amazing.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Writer
that means so much to me to hear that.... seriously, thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words! :blushes: you've really made my day :heart:
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ShastaSoda Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is wonderful. a very inspiring piece :)
Wish I could have watched the sunrise here.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you so much!! that means a lot to me for you to say that :blushes:
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EradifyerAO Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"...smearing its fire across the water..." I LOVE your word pictures! Very raw, and familiar. I could relate. thank you
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Writer
oh my goodness, thank you so much :) that means so much to me to hear that you could relate to it :) thank you for reading it :heart:
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crossing-ariel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Lovely. Congrats on the DD, my dear. :heart:
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you so so much! :heart: and thank you for the favourite :heart:
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powerpuffDanielle Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um sorry, How do you make these?
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
thanks for reading! what do you mean?
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powerpuffDanielle Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nvm. I learnt
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds like a brilliant tradition - Yule is a great time of year and I am happy that the days will be getting longer now and spring is on the way. I am not religious but paganism has always appealed to me, I love how down to earth it seems and how it ties in with what is going on in nature.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
we really lucked out with some nice weather, too, which makes it even more special :) very windy and chilly, though! but it's so neat to stand there with the water crashing onto the shore and eagles landing in the trees.... very cool :) thanks so much for reading!
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds lovely, here it is just very wet, windy and muddy :)
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Writer
the good weather didn't last too long here :P we had quite the cold snap with some snow, but it's mellowed out quite a bit. mostly just rain now :P
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Wotansvogel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   General Artist
This is wonderful.. You brought to my eyes with this description of this awe inspiring event.
I'm sad though, because the sky was dark with clouds all day and I couldn't see the suns rebirth this year.. It would have been so beautiful because it snowed in the night..
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
ohh, that would have been beautiful! i hope that you have the chance to see it next year! :) thank you so much for reading, your kind words mean a lot to me :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :heart:
Have a nice day! : )
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you so much!! i hope you have a lovely day, as well :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :happybounce:
Merry Christmas! :santa:
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
and to you, as well! hope you have a wonderful holiday season :)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :santa:
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
:) :) :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a beautiful way to celebrate the solstice. I love the interweaving of pagan traditions (casting corners is anothing thing, right?) with the natural world. Happy Yule. :)
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
happy yule to you, too!! thank you so much for the lovely comment and kind words!! i'm very glad you enjoyed this piece :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like that the piece itself is like a sunrise: as someone else has said, transitory. Brief and full of imagery.


Is this fictionalized? It's not in the nonfic category, so I am curious.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
i'm so bad at paying attention to the categories!! this is romanticized non-fiction :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, that's what I thought. :la:
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
:D
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Phu-Phu-Hugs-Me Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1) I am a sucker for good descriptions of oceans and gulls. I just am. Going to the docks or the bay where I live is soothing, I find, and your piece brings me back to those calming moments.

2) Looking at your piece as a whole: it strikes me as transitory--brief, yet steadily paced so that it builds a momentum in which (what I imagine is) the narrator's anticipation becomes my own as well. Delicately written blended with poetic flare.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you very much :) i really appreciate your kind words about this piece.... it's an important one, to me! :) i'm glad it came across as transitory, and i'm glad you felt the anticipation building! :heart:
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You've really captured the sense of awe you had watching the sun rise. What a lovely tradition I hope it continues.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you so much!! i hope so, too :) i'm also hoping to do something special for the summer solstice! :)
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :)
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Soulkreig Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, sounds like a fantastic way to bring in the new year =)
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
it was a really great day :) :) :) thanks for the favourite on this one, I'm glad you like it!! :) :) :)
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
this is really nice..the divineness of the moment really comes out with the brief sentencing, and i like the gulls and communication connection, the gentle vibes, and the womb-pink sky, and the whispering..:)

it's nice to read, cause it inspires me to continue being in such a state of mind more often, and it's what inspired me, as I've said many many times, when I've read hemingway..:)
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Writer
wow, thank you so much!! i'm really glad you like it, it was a very awesome morning and i tried to reflect the specialness of it :)
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I like very much how you reflect..:):):)
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Writer
thanks!! i find it's a good practice :)
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contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
well, we all reflect, but it's the WAY you reflect that wakes me up to reflection..:)
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