The Winter Solstice takes place on Sunday, December 21, at 23:03. By Monday, the days will be growing longer once again. Hallelujah!
This poem was sent to me as part of a lovely gift package from my Winter Poem Swap gifter, Irene Latham. The Winter Swap was organized through the generosity of Tabatha Yeatts.
Matt Katzenberger "Touch the Light."
A lovely evocation of the season! Many thanks, Irene! Mary Lee Hahn sent me "Sensing the Solstice" for the 2012 Winter Swap, she wrote about it here. In 2013 I received a book of Margaret Gibson Simon's seasonal poems titled Illuminate. If you didn't participate in the Winter Swap this year, I hope you will in 2015!
The following is a collection of my solstice poems:
I'm not sure if this was posted/published anywhere. (I'm a lousy record-keeper.) I wrote it in 2010:
Library of Congress.
Haiku Sticky #128 is from 2011:
In 2012, at Random Noodling I wrote about the solstice and two poems about Saint Lucy. The following was also written in 2012, shortly after the tragedy in Newtown, CT:
I guess 2013 was uninspiring--I didn't write a solstice poem last year--but, here's a new one for 2014:
Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating it this week! I hope at least one of your gifts is a book of poems! And the same for all who celebrate Christmas next week. Buffy's Blog will be hosting the solstice/holiday poetry extravaganza today!
Oooooh, Irene's poem is both magical and inspiring. What will unfurl in 2015, my friend?ReplyDelete
And soothing, too! "cold,/silent sunlight"Delete
luv them all the last one is my favouriteReplyDelete
That's my favorite, too, 'cause I'm counting!Delete
Wonderful poems, Diane (and Irene!) I especially love: solstice...no day, no night/only white....ReplyDelete
Sorry for the delay in linking your post--for some reason a few regular commenters got shunted into the unapproved wasteland, including yours. Happy holidays to you!
No problem, Buffy! I'm glad you enjoyed solstice. A little judicious cropping made the scene possible. See the original here.Delete
I like that kernel of courage unfurling! Guess we'd better hang on to it like somebody's clinging to that extra thirty seconds of daylight!ReplyDelete
"kernal of courage unfurling" is such a revealing phrase.Delete
Irene's poem is so lovely with those just right words, dreaming, mingling, and unfurling. I somehow missed the sign up for the winter poetry swap. Thanks for mentioning last year's gift.ReplyDelete
Don't miss the summer one, Margaret! And thank you for your last year's gift!Delete
I enjoyed your collection and recollection...Irene's poem is beautifully designed, isn't it? I would love to participate in the Swap, and yet declining to do so was a gift I gave myself. : )
Boy, I can understand that decision, Heidi! Enjoy the holidays.Delete
What lovely solstice poems. Hooray for more daylight :)!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jama! I'm tired of the winter grey already!Delete
Mmmm Irene's "cold,/quiet sunlight" is gorgeous, as is the whole poem. And I so enjoyed yours from recent years as well!ReplyDelete
May your holidays be "enlightening" and lovely! :0)
Love your Solstice collection! Bring on the light!!ReplyDelete