Happy Solstice!

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

— Hans Christian Anderson


December 2014 Sunset

Trees yearn.
Setting sun
Whispers farewell.
Fall sleeps and winter stirs.
Winter Solstice parties
Shine fairy lights on all who dance
And sing.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This poem is a concrete poem. The poem takes a shape related to its subject matter. The Christmas Tree tradition is a lovely way to celebrate the longest night, with lots of twinkling lights, inside and out. Historically, pagans and pre-Christians decorated at midwinter with evergreen boughs. Decorating a tree became a popular Christian tradition in Germany in the 1800’s. Queen Victoria and her German husband, Prince Albert, later made tree decorating popular throughout the world.

The Winter Solstice in my neck of the woods is Sunday, December 21, 2014, 6:03 p.m. EST. North of the arctic, you get no sun at all, and south of the Antarctic Circle, they have the Midnight Sun, or 24 hours of sunlight. Either place is too cold for me. I’ll take my 4 p.m. sunset.


44 thoughts on “Happy Solstice!

  1. I loved this Brenda 🙂 The concrete shape is so clever, and I liked the addition of the Hans Christian Andersen quote. I’ve noticed snow falling on your blog and others. How do you make it snow?


    • Think how long we get to let our lights shine. Sunset is at 4 pm, and we can let those lights shine until 10 or after. That’s 6 hours of fun! In the summer, with sunset at 9 pm, kids would only get to look at the lights for half an hour before bed, if that long. 😀 It’s all how you look at it, I guess.


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