Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Solstice

I'm not sure why I am always drawn to this season change.  Is it the silence and solitude that it represents for me?  Is it the slowing down of everything, even my heart?  Is it the nesting feeling that I always have as days and nights get colder and seemingly darker?

I'll let William Carlos Williams speak for me as we greet this year's winter solstice.

Winter Trees
by William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.


  1. Outside in the middle of a snowy winter night makes me feel the same way. It always seems more quiet than a middle of the night summer night. But the winter solstice signifies something else for me. The slow climb to longer days and a countdown to spring.

    Love your bluebird. They are flocking to my feeder 3 times a day!
    xx, Carol

  2. Ditto Carol, I love winter but not the shorter daylight hours, so countdown to spring, indeed! Penny, I love Williams' words "liquid moon". I think something should be created with that thought in mind.

  3. Hmm. I appreciate winter but I love light, and in the UK that it sometimes in short supply in the winter!

  4. I miss the light too, but I do enjoy the quality of what light we have, the bare trees, the crisp air and the desire to turn inward, both literally but also dive into the inner realms. Solstice signals that for me.

  5. The bluebird is so lovely! The winter solstice always speaks to me, and right now, I crave that feeling of solitude, but with all the pre-Christmas, it a little difficult to find. Soon, though!



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