Day 1067, LOTS OF GODS WERE BORN THIS SEASON
Lights in the windows, lights on the trees,
Brightly lit houses, nights start to freeze,
Parties and presents, sore throats and sneezes,
Some say it’s all for the birthday of Jesus.
But it’s our…
Tilted axis, that’s the reason
That we have this festive season.
Carolers with joyful voices,
Merchants counting up invoices.
We will make their season sunny
If we go and spend some money.
Might these sales have not existed
If our axis had not listed?
Generations of men wondered
Why it rained and why it thundered.
Winter, spring, then summer, autumn:
First we thought the gods had wrought ‘em.
Then we found our axis leaning
And the seasons gained new meaning.
It is axis inclination
That brings seasons in rotation.
Mithra, Saturn, Zoroaster
Brought us blessings or disaster.
They had birthdays in December.
(Days had shortened since September.)
So we thought that we must strengthen
Waning light so days would lengthen.
Candles lit, we celebrated;
Winter passed; as skeptics waited.
So…Go ahead and think of Jesus
When it’s dark and when it freezes.
Go on singing; go on drinking
Like the Romans, goblets clinking.
Feast until your tree is wilted.
Praise the power that made us tilted.
Celebrate this as you please;
The Earth tilts twenty three degrees.
Stephen Baird 2011, revised 2018