Winter Solstice

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Inspired by: The Land is Fallow  by keith jeffries


The Winter Solstice 21st December 2020


On this the shortest day, our year shall die

And echo down centuries humankind’s cry

People singing and dancing to drive away the dark

Lighted candles, the smell of pine needles and crackling bark


Hung in corners with evergreen hues

Holly berries so red that birds have not chewed

Logs burning in the hearth beseeching  ‘be warm.’

Until winters end and the new year is born


Through frosty ages, we hear them

Echoing from behind  — Listen!


Promises awaken in the sleeping land

After our carolling, feasting taking our stand

A hope for peace, do we hear it now?

As we swop one plough for another as we till and plough


Farrow across fields waking sleeping soil

Beads of sweat running from ceaseless toil

Broadcasting seeds we harvest, to continue the cycle

This undying image now tis so archetypal.


Paul. © 2020

Winter Solstice

◄ sad but true

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Paul Sayer

Mon 30th Nov 2020 13:43

Hello, Do.

Those are very interesting few points.

Thank you for hitting the like.

Ghazala lari

Mon 30th Nov 2020 13:38

It's a hot Christmas for southerners. Opposites exists in different hemispheres. A 12 hour darkness towards the tropics leaving 6 months loss at the poles. Natural phenomena worth observing now we can get it from old records.

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Paul Sayer

Mon 30th Nov 2020 11:02

Thanks for dropping in Dean and hitting the like.

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Paul Sayer

Mon 30th Nov 2020 08:34

Hello Aisha, Thank you for hitting the like.


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Paul Sayer

Sun 29th Nov 2020 21:24

Thanks for hitting the like Stevo.

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Paul Sayer

Sun 29th Nov 2020 19:31

LOL. I don't care what them 'others' say about you Brian, I think you have a great sense of humour.

Math's was never my 4-tay so I'll take your word for it.

Thanks for your like and more importantly for that comment.

Oh! and thankfully NOT everyone IS a Fruit & Nut case, or you winter supply would be in deep trouble mate 😉


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Brian Maryon

Sun 29th Nov 2020 19:23

I hate the short winter days, but console myself in the fact that the length of a day increases by about 20 minutes each week for the six months until Summer Solstice.

Not that it bothers me until March when I awake from hibernation and eat my stored food supply of Caburys Fruit annd Nut

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Paul Sayer

Sun 29th Nov 2020 19:22

Thanks for dropping in J.D.

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