Friday, December 21, 2012

The Shortest Day

The Shortest Day

And 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 promis wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now.
This year and every year,
Welcome Yule!

copyright Susan Cooper

The little angel cat was originally meant to be to go on a pull cord or zipper.  My sister gave it to me about twenty years ago.  I have no idea where she found it.  I generally use it as a small bauble in this, the Winter Season.

I hope everyone enjoys the Winter Solstice......through snow and rain.

As always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*


  1. Wish I had an angel cat! So sweet. Happy solstice!

  2. Great poem, thanks. And such a sweet angel cat.
    Happy solstice to you too.

  3. Happy 12/21/12
    it's my girl's birthday! I hope for a great day today and tomorrow.
    then it is 12/22/12 and life moves on.

  4. that's one sweet flying cat hanging around the holiday tree. oh here I have been calling it a flying cat and Barbara called it an angel cat and of course that's what it is, tehe happy holidays to you.

  5. Lovely!
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today, that one comment came at me at sort of a bad time xoxo

  6. love that angel cat! of course i love all things cat

  7. Dearest Susi,
    Funny about his shortest day. True if you drive back and forth to Atlanta; the day is too short for doing much blog-visiting.
    Cutest cat-angel; never seen one like that! Sweet sister...
    Hugs to you,


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