Saturday, December 14, 2013

"Winter Solstice"



Winter Solstice

Bud and blossoms
long since bowed low,
stripped, and stilled -
nakedly sway
as Capricorn's frigid breath
snuffs day's light early upon its quick.

While Orion's Belt sparkles
like a diamond broach
pinned to velvet nights,
we gather close beside the fire,
ponder infinity, celebrate faith -
pursue renewal.

by Margaret Bednar, December 14, 2013

This is for "dVerse Poetics - Candles & Lights".  I will be back later tonight to read the many excellent responses to this challenge.  Please click on over and see the many amazing responses of talented poets!



22 comments:

Brian Miller said...

renewal will come...winter is all part of the process of new life...to death, to a tightening, a drawing in, a rest, so that we may grow once more....merry christmas margaret

kkkkaty said...

Love the bud and blossom beginning.. you've beautifully carried us through winter...now what about spring? Happy Holidays!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful, Margaret, especially the celebration of renewal.

Laurie Kolp said...

So meditative... a much-needed calming.

Grace said...

I like the imagery of diamond broach upon velvet night ~ Ponder and celebrate renewal ~ Beautiful picture Margaret ~

Wishing you Happy Holidays ~

Cressida de Nova said...

Lovely winter poem. The season to reflect quietly by he warmth and glow of a fire

kaykuala said...

A fitting last glow to winter and the gloom but wonderful anticipation for the brightness of festivities and spring. Great write Marge and Merry Christmas!

Hank

Mary said...

I love the idea of gathering close before the fire at this time of year!! So important to find a way to be warm in winter!

Karen S. said...

Your poem warms my soul, and your photo is dreamy!

Claudia said...

love the Capricorn's frigid breath.. and orion's belt spinned to velvet nights... great images...and a tender voice.. you set the mood for celebrating renewal well here margaret...

blueoran said...

Lush pause here, deep inside the moment of solstice, bringing earth and night sky and hearth of home together to say: Yes. Yes indeed. -- Brendan

Björn said...

Oh I love the Orions belt imagery.. you painted such a serene picture of winter solstice.

Lisa Gordon said...

So perfect for the season, Margaret, and this photograph is truly beautiful.

Truedessa said...

Some nice imagery in this so glad I came over for a read.

Fireblossom said...

Beautiful photo and poem, my friend.

Poet Laundry said...

Great imagery Margaret. Love that second stanza especially. Fine work.

Akila G said...

A beautiful wish in the closing lines, Stellar! Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Ginny Brannan said...

The celestial imagery you have painted is beautiful in this, Margaret. I love that you made mention of Orion's belt, velvet nights, and Capricorn's frigid breath. What a wonderful and unique way of capturing late December and winter's solstice. This is soft as a winter's whisper, and just lovely!

Pealogic said...

Life, a constant renewal, never more obvious, perhaps, than when spring emerges from the cold grasp of winter.

girlwiththepen1118 said...

Exceptional reflections, both in imagery and emotions Margaret ~ Merry Christmas dear~ Faithfully Debbie

gila_mon said...

"Capricorn's frigid breath
snuffs day's light" very good. This brings to mind how breath can stoke the fire or put it out, the choice is with the breather. Darn that Capricorn!

Ginnie said...

This solstice becomes more and more important to me every year, Margaret. I'd like to pursue it more.... :)