Solstice – poem for dVerse

I’m struggling with these long December nights,
can’t bear the shortness of the winter days,
I celebrate the bravery of the lights

the sky’s a thousand different shades of grey,
I’m duller than the dullest cloud myself,
can’t bear the shortness of the winter days

I’d like a jar of sunshine on my shelf,
even a bowl of stars would be enough,
I’m duller than the dullest cloud myself –

so deck the halls with multi-coloured stuff,
with golds and reds and greens that shine and glow –
even a bowl of stars would be enough –

outside the rain falls, and the cold winds blow,
so fill the house with spicy scents all day,
with golds and reds and greens that shine and glow –

let’s feast the solstice – send it on its way,
I’m struggling with these long December nights
so fill the house with spicy scents all day,
and celebrate the bravery of the lights.

Oh, my goodness – more repetition. Thanks for a great prompt, Jilly – I do like the challenge of a form – it appeals to the bit of me that likes crosswords. Here’s a terzanelle – my very first. There’s lots more repetition going on over at dVerse. 

19 thoughts on “Solstice – poem for dVerse

  1. So true, December is such an oxymoron of a month, the darkness, the pressure, the chores to do, for some the feeling of isolation and then you have the songs, the lights, the gatherings of family and friends or both. You captured it all so well Sarah.

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  2. Sarah, I agree with the other comments about the amazing line at the soul and heart of this poem.

    “ celebrate the bravery of the lights.”

    This has a Tolkienesque feeling to it, the festival of light conquering overwhelming darkness merely by its hopeful perseverance. Every line is gorgeous

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  3. So well done, Sarah! I will have to attempt this form some day, but you have done a wonderful job with the rhythm and rhyme–it flows so naturally. I also struggle with the long, dark days.
    I love the jar of sunshine and bowl of stars.

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