Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Solstice



"So the shortest day came, and the year died,

And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world

Came people singing, dancing,

To drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;

They hung their homes with evergreen;

They burned beseeching fires all night long

To keep the year alive,

And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake

They shouted, reveling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them

Echoing behind us - Listen!!

All the long echoes sing the same delight,

This shortest day,

As promise wakens in the sleeping land:

They carol, fest, give thanks,

And dearly love their friends,

And hope for peace.

And so do we, here, now,

This year and every year. Welcome Yule!!"

Susan Cooper, The Shortest Day

5 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous photo! And I love the Susan Cooper piece -- have been a fan of THE DARK IS RISING series for years.

    Happy Solstice!

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  2. A Blessed Solstice to you my dear friend. The photo snd poem are perfect for this wonderful day feeled with light and love.

    Hugs and Love, V.

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  3. Such a beautiful photo full of magic roiling in the fog.
    A very blessed solstice to you. May the blessings of the season suround you.
    Always, Queenie

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  4. Hope you'll stop by for a little holiday cheer via mummies and bells...yes, that's what I said!
    http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2011/12/tis-season-for-mummies.html

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  5. Yule blessing to you. Marvelous picture.

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