Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Shortest Day - Dearly Love Your Friends

The Shortest Day
By Susan Cooper
Christmas Revels, 1977

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 so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who is your blogging buddy who wrote about making gingerbread houses w/her kids?

susiej.com said...

Amy, this was great. Merry Christmas!

NANA said...

Winter solstice, is always the real celebration for me? Joy to the world and peace on earth..great poem:)

joanie said...

Lovely Amy, and have a wonderful time with your family too!