Stand Still (Winter Solstice)

Stand Still (Winter Solstice)
Written by Mel Brake

Many of us were disappointed
on December 21, 2012, not.
Because the world did not end.

Nothing happened
Children went to school
Adults Christmas shopped
and “homeless “ people were
still on the street.

At my little sister’s funeral
I excused myself from the services
and walked to the corner store
to picked a bag of potato chips.

The skies over West Philly
were gray but not ominous
Nothing to be afraid of.

Many people were waiting
for something to..
the beginning of three days of darkness
the separation of the ‘good’ people from
the ‘evil’ people.

Some of us prearranged like a funeral
in case we were going to die
but no one spoke of it in the open
my brother and his wife took
a train to the farthest ends of America.

At a friend’s home in the North West Philly we thought
we would have our last supper
and drum our drums and welcome-in
a new age but we talked about
kids wearing bullet-proof vests to school.

Where have the gurus gone
Were they wrong

When will the blue bird of happiness
Sing her song

We sat in the kitchen of that same home
but it was only the two of us
13 days following December 21, 2012.

With puzzlement and confusion
we asked if we were too dumb and blind
because if something did happened
we should have known.

We questioned our own belief
systems and we questioned God/Goddess.

But rather than get too philosophical
we went to the mall to spend that little bit of left over Christmas
money on us before our kids knew
that we still had money.

On the way home as we stood
on Stenton Ave and listening
to WXPN a curious song was aired
Thunder Child from the 70s.

After the word were said:

“The martians released their black smoke,
but the ship sped on, cutting down one of the tripod figures. Instantly, the others raised
their heat rays, and melted the thunder child’s valiant heart.”

Everything came to a dead stop.
The car was stopped.
The radio stopped.
The traffic light stopped.
We paused in amazement
We were at zero point energy.
Time stood still!!!!

The other people around us
did not pay attention
they were not focused.
They missed a miracle moment
just like we had missed the moment
of December 21, 2012
when time and space stood still.

About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at:
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