Winter Solstice (2)

While I posted this picture and poem shortly after I started this blog almost a year ago, I am re-posting it with a few minor changes today. The time leading up to winter solstice has felt particularly heavy this year, as if the earth’s gravity weighs us down even more than usual. I understand how our ancestors who had nothing more than a few precious candles or oil lights to make it through the depth of winter welcomed the light of the sun. Light was a promise, light was a gift, light was life itself. And it still is today…

Winter solstice

Winter Solstice

At the end of a sullen day,
frozen into grey monotones,
the clouds open
to reveal an unexpected gift:

lemon zest and spring butter yellow,
gleaming gold, ochre sand dunes,
egg yolk orange and pumpkin spice.

Sun rays kiss
the cherry tree good night,
snuggling the snowy hill under a
somber purple cloak

a passionate lullaby of colors
swaying to a few breathless beats

flooding me
with certain knowing
that light will
return tomorrow
to banish the

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20 Responses to Winter Solstice (2)

  1. mpejovic says:

    Beautiful picture. The gold and blue hues are amazing.


  2. jamborobyn says:

    The colours here were almost at the opposite end of the spectrum, but strangely enough the mood hasn’t been very different. A very lovely post. Thank you.


  3. This is a beautiful post, full of the promise of the light.
    Great minds think alike, and post alike 🙂


  4. Tina Schell says:

    Beautifully done Annette. Photo is perfect for the poem and vice versa!


  5. What a lovely poem and image, Annette. Your imagery in the poem is wonderful; I especially like the “sullen day,” “sun rays kissing the cherry trees,” “lullaby of colors,” and your color images. Wonderful. 🙂


  6. Barneysday says:

    Beautifully done. This has been a particularly heavy year, and hopefully the solstice is a new beginning.


  7. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a link to this post. You have truly captured how the gift of light in this darkest time of year can make the spirit smile.


  8. Beautiful – both the poem and the pictures!!


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