Solstice – A Christmas Re-Post

Icy cold
frozen moon
hanging in a crystalline sky
as it was foretold

Tree skeletons
appear if dead
save pines and ivy
holly berries red

Snow falls
on frozen water
The sun is gone
The fearful cower

Fires burning
in little hovels
keep hope alive
the sun will come again

Snow lies on scarlet berries
which shout to us “Have faith my children!
As we live so shall ye!
Together we will see the Spring!”

Burn the Yule!
Eat, drink and dance!
Celebrate the faith! Hope lives!
We shall see the dawn.



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.

Welcome Yule!!

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Solstice – A Christmas Re-Post

  1. Pingback: Solstice – A Christmas Re-Post — toritto | By the Mighty Mumford

  2. beetleypete says:

    Very evocative of ancient fears, Frank. Nice work.
    (The parcel is in transit. Should be a couple of weeks maximum)
    Best wishes, Pete

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jennie says:

    Lovely, Frank!

    Liked by 1 person

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