THE WINTER SOLSTICE
THE WINTER SOLSTICE.
The winter solstice brings good cheer
within the Northern hemisphere.
For Capricorn has turned the sun
and now it’s on its homeward run.
This date’s easy to remember
near the end of each December.
Before the Christian holiday
and its commercial overplay.
This year it’s on the twenty-first,
when I fear folks are at their worst.
Meeting, eating and indulging,
drinking, stinking, stomachs bulging.
I do not like this kind of thing
where there’s a spike in ‘kindnessing’
and people make it pretty clear
it’s just for these few days a year.
It’s good that we should have a choice
should we want something to rejoice.
To celebrate this solstice day
I try to take myself away.
With no more lengthening of night
and strengthening of the daylight,
there’s many that asseverate (affirm emphatically)
this is a day to celebrate.
This solstice means dark days are done,
the solar year has just begun
and we are looking forward to
a brand new spring that is now due.
No matter what the winter brings
this solstice helps us think of things
like thoughts of flights to sunny bays
with shorter nights and bright, light days.
B. Withers 2016
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!