Winter Solstice 2012


It feels like I haven’t had time to breath during the last two weeks.  Many, many events at school,  children filled with lots of energy and excitement and everything feels like it is edging towards chaos.  The new year approaches, the earth is turning and those of us in the northern hemisphere are coming back into the light.

Sending you all good wishes for a joy filled holiday season.  Peace.

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, revelling.
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, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

By Susan Cooper



Filed under Holiday, Solstice

11 responses to “Winter Solstice 2012

  1. Cooper is brilliant at capturing this time of the year. I re-read The Dark is Rising a few days ago and it was so perfect and satisfying.

  2. Thanks for sharing that lovely poem! And I wish you relaxation, peace and joy this holiday season!

  3. Wishing you peace, joy, and plenty of light this holiday season.

  4. All of the best holiday wishes to you as well!

  5. great poem Gavin and merry christmas to you ,all the best stu

  6. Happy holidays to you as well — and thank you for that wonderful poem.

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