Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice

Winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the longest night makes its entrance today. It's officially the first day of winter and one of the oldest-known holidays in human history. Of course we don't need to be reminded about winter as we've already had it for over a month.
I view December 21 as a day for great rejoicing! As the Winter Solstice heralds in a new season bringing us the shortest day of the year we are now on a roll toward the summer solstice. Over the next six months we will steadily gain nearly seven hours of daily sunlight. The term solstice means "sun stands still". It is when the sun stays closer to the horizon than any other time of the year and appears to rise and set in same place for several days in a row. Can't wait for those longer days of daylight!

Robert  Frost and Melville Cane do a wonderful job capturing winter images in their poems.  
Snow Toward Evening
by Melville Cane

Suddenly the sky turned gray,
The day,
Which had been bitter and chill,
Grew soft and still.
From some invisible blossoming tree
Millions of petals cool and white
Drifted and blew,
Lifted and flew,
Fell with the falling night.

and here is mine...

Winter Solstice
by Sue Ready

Winter came like a whisper
during the early morning hours
gently covered the barren land
freezing fingers held it in a grasp.

The warmth of the morning sun 
pushed heavy clouds aside 
and opened up 
a clear blue sky. 

Icicles cling tightly to the roof. 
Cars slosh through melting snow. 
Animals leave snowy tracks behind. 

Late dawn- 
Early sunset- 
Slipping sun- 
Short days- 
Long nights- 

till Spring 
Can’t wait!

Cook's notes: Feeling chilled? Perhaps what you need is a bowl of soup to warm you up. Try these previously posted soup recipes from Ever Ready.

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same about the winter solstice. Lovely poems, yours included.