Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice




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 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 her, now,
This year and every year,
Welcome Yule!

Susan Cooper
written for The Christmas Revels

A happy Solstice to one and all at this turning point of the year.

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

22 comments:

  1. I love the cat with a fish body! : )

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    1. Hi Midori.....It changes with the seasons!

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  2. Dearest Suzy,
    Such an appropriate poem! Wishing you also a happy Solstice.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette....Thanks, it is the one I always think of on the Sosltice.

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  3. Thanks and the same to you and your loved ones! Happy Solstice. Love the "catfish"!!

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    1. Hi Barb.....Thanks; the catfish is pretty special around here.

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  4. And to you too. Looking forward to that one more minute of light tomorrow. xox

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    1. Hi Corrine.....Thanks....the light will come!

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    1. Hi Maryjane....Thanks; I always like to have my summer critters celebrate the seasons.

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  6. Merry Christmas my dear blogfriend.

    Hugs

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    1. Hi Elna.....The merriest of times to you and your family. What joys blogfriends have brought this year.

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  7. Poisson-chat as the french say...... I don't know why but it's the only french I remember! Here's to one and all dancing into the light of a new year.........
    Happy Solstice Suzi :)

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    1. Hi Sandy......I keep telling myself the days are getting longer, but with so many clouds and rain the days look the same from dawn to dusk.
      Inside we are cosy and warm and loving the season.

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  8. Beautiful! Happy happy Christmas to you!

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    1. Hi Tracey....Thanks.....And A Merry Christmas to you!

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  9. And so we begin, New light, longer days, a new year coming.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Hi Meredith.....And the world spins slowly into the light.
      Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Lori....Thanks; brighter days are coming!

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  11. Hi Linda....Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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