Under the Solstice Sun

30th post for #bloganuary (a WordPress event)

The Prompt: Describe yourself as a tree.

Under the Solstice Sun

Stripped naked;

Discarded garments scattered under soiled feet;

Exposed limbs reaching high in defiance;

Cursing the winter solstice sun;

Drawing upon my last reserves

To defy death once more;

Another circle of life added to my core.

Under the Solstice Sun was originally published in Gnashing Teeth’s 2021 Winter Zine.

Be well,



  1. CarolCooks2 says:

    Great response to the prompt which was not an easy one 🙂


    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks Carol! I like to write metaphorically sometimes so this is well within my comfort zone. I already had this piece from an earlier write. Thanks for the read and feedback 😊

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        You are welcome, Monty…Lucky for you that you had one which fitted the prompt 🙂


  2. gigglingfattie says:

    Wow so beautiful! I just deleted the email with the prompt 😅


    1. Monty Vern says:

      Hehe. I must have had a dozen pieces already “in my pocket” that could have qualified for this prompt. But I didn’t feel inspired to create something completely new “on demand” for this series. I applaud your choice to delete and not be compelled to do something your not feeling. I’d even guess that a nice sturdy tree would stick to its roots and not bend under the pressure either. 😂


      1. gigglingfattie says:

        Hahaaaaaaa great connection friend (aka a solid sentence I use in my class legit every day)

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