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A little poetry moment

Posted at 10:29 AM on December 18, 2006 by Jeff Horwich

dark%20eyes.jpgIn considering our next theme, Loop Network member Molly Redmond recalled a fitting poem and sent it our way. It's especially appropriate since we tape this week on the Solstice.



The Shortest Day, by Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

Here's the web site of poem author Susan Cooper.

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