A Poem for Winter Solstice

As we prepare to embrace more light, may we not forget the solace of darkness that soothes long shadows and protects the roots of our world from harm...that invites us to pause, reflect, and rest. Here's a Winter Solstice poem for those of you celebrating Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere.

Winter's Cloak

This year I do not want

the dark to leave me. 

I need its wrap 

of silent stillness, 

its cloak

of long lasting embrace.

Too much light

has pulled me away

from the chamber

of gestation.

Let the dawns

come late,

let the sunsets

arrive early,

let the evenings

extend themselves

while I lean into

the abyss of my being.

Let me lie in the cave

of my soul,

for too much light

blinds me,

steals the source

of revelation.

Let me seek solace

in the empty places

of winter's passage,

those vast dark nights

that never fail to shelter me.

Winter's CloakThe Circle of Life, by Joyce Rupp  and Macrina Wiederkehr