This poem was sent to me by a dear friend and mentor. Like myself he loves the arrival of the winter solstice for all the hope it brings. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, may the days of growing light bring more hope each day. For those in the south, comfort, as you move into your seasons of comfort, rest and quiet.Regardless of where you are on our small planet, may you share love and receive abundance and as we transition to a new year.
The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper
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, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
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