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  • The dog days of summer,
    the Ides of March,
    but what do we call the long, dark days of January?
    Darkened, darkish, darkling, darksome, dim,
    or gloomy, murky, obscure, somber...
    But then the sun comes out and it is anything but a dark day.
    For a few short hours it is
    beaming, glowing, lambent, radiant, shining, lustrous
    as the sun shines fiercely in the pale, blue sky,
    waking me up and sending me outside to bask in the cold light.
    So what do we call these days of mid-winter?
    Maybe radiantly darksome days of freezing light and
    long, darkling warm nights under the blankets on the bed.
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