Winter Solstice

Caitriona Sheedy

Caitriona Sheedy

The tide
of the daylight
has turned overnight
The last of the old light
has leaked out of the year
The first of the new leaked in
The consumer will not notice
nor will it be of consequence
But poets must recognize
the weight of darkness
lifting even one gram
in the rebirth
of light

“He went out with the tide and the sunset” ~ Walt Whitman

About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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11 Responses to Winter Solstice

  1. Yes. One gram is enough.


  2. deuxiemepeau says:

    Brilliantly said and artfully captured as always. Merry Christmas to you and yours Peter


  3. John says:

    Fantastic winter Solstice poem, Peter!


  4. I recognize that quote from Walt, Peter. Your poem about the light and darkness is lovely. I always look forward to the shortest day of year, as it means we’re on the upswing after that.


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