Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Solstice 2016

 The Shortest Day


"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

4 comments:

  1. Here we go! It is outside that I shall find the best things, not in the shops or on the telly.

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    1. Too true Si! Enjoy your valued time outdoors!

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  2. What lovely words Pam, not one I've come across before!
    The sun has just disappeared here, roll on the lighter nights!
    Happy Christmas & a peaceful New Year my friend!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the poem Ruth.
      I hope for 'peace' in the world, such sad and troublesome times in the world at the moment.

      The sun shone here too for an hour this afternoon. We have had a few delightful sunrises and sunsets on a few days during the last couple of weeks.

      Thank you my friend for your kind wishes and I wish you too a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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