The Shortest Day

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After millennia underground,
this stone erupted to the surface
as the earth trembled and shook.
Chipped free of its stratum,

it was glacier-bound, dreaming,
until liberated by melting polar ice.
Then it slid into the ocean,
bounced off brain coral,

hitchhiked on a turtle, was
swallowed by a whale for two
hundred years before being
swept up in restless waves to

tumble at my feet. A cypher.
A rune from the universe.
A token of a sea goddess.
Left on the shortest day

of the longest year.

Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham

Notes: Happy winter solstice! What a year! We’re nearly to 2018. Happy Holidays and hugs to all the people who embrace magic, light and love!

Happy Poetry Friday and thanks to Buffy Silverman for hosting!

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57 thoughts on “The Shortest Day

  1. Hi, Brenda–

    I thought I was going to enjoy again the Susan Cooper poem of the same name, but I got a brilliant surprise. This poem is a rich reminder to look down, look up, look out for the small messages of beauty that refresh our tired spirits. Thank you.

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  2. I love how your chance rock discovery led you on a creative journey and that you shared it with us! It’s such fun to imagine the paths that intersect in our lives–the rock’s journey and yours. Here’s to a year full of creativity and whimsy! (I’m at an air bnb and the internet connection is wonky so I apologize if this duplicates !)

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  3. I love how your chance rock discovery led you on a creative journey and that you shared it with us! It’s such fun to imagine the paths that intersect in our lives–the rock’s journey and yours. Here’s to a year full of creativity and whimsy!

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  4. Isn’t it just serendipity when you come across a stone like this … I love your heart-stone and this stanza,
    “hitchhiked on a turtle, was
    swallowed by a whale for two
    hundred years before being
    swept up in restless waves to”
    Glad it made it’s way to you so you could create this crater-rich poem for all of us to read! And yes it was quite a long year, but the last few months have flown by too quickly for me. Happiest of Holidays to you and your family Brenda! xo

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