Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice a Day to "Let Your Soul Laugh"

Today is one of celebration -- a celebration of the return of the sun, the light. The winter solstice is the darkest day of the year, but the day the brings the return of hope and joy.  To some, this is the beginning of a new year.

This anonymously written poem about the winter solstice echoes the beauty and significance of this special day.

When you startle awake in the dark morning
heart pounding breathing fast
sitting bolt upright staring into
dark whirlpool black hole
feeling its suction

Get out of bed
knock at the door of your nearest friend
ask to lie down ask to be held

Listen while whispered words
turn the hole into deep night sky
stars close together
winter moon rising over white fields
nearby wren rustling dry leaves
distant owl echoing
two people walking up the road laughing

Let your soul laugh
let your heart sigh out
that long held breath so hollow in your stomach
so swollen in your throat

Already light is returning pairs of wings
lift softly off your eyelids one by one
each feathered edge clearer between you
and the pearl veil of day

You have nothing to do but live

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