It's mid-December, cold is arriving on Saturday from a breezy and warm Friday. Official winter's here in a few days. I continue to be warmed and grateful to Mary Lee Hahn for her challenge HERE to write a haiku each day in December with the hashtag #haikuforhealing. And when I read Catherine Flynn's post about #commonplacemarvels, it inspired me, too. Except for Dec. 1st, I've shared every day. I have found pleasure in the search and pleasure in the discovery of beauty in my everyday world. Thanks again, Mary Lee and Catherine.
Thanks again to Michelle H. Barnes at Today's Little Ditty also, and those in her committee who created the poetry book, The Best of Today's Little Ditty. While I have ordered others for gifts, shh, don't tell, I waited until I received my copy signed by Michelle before I began to read. I am proud to have some poems in it, but my heart also warmed as I began to read the amazing poems by all of you. It will be a lovely way to spend cold nights this winter, savoring the words, trying a challenge all over again.
And thanks to every one of the Poetry Friday poets. I am grateful to be a part of such a caring and creative community. I learn from each of you every Friday.
Found in a book about the solstice at the bookstore, a poem of comfort at the end of this strangest of years:
Here at the gateway of the year,
May we strive to make good cheer.
In our revels shall joy abound
And sorrow be cast underground.
—Caitlin Matthews from her book Sun Still; Sun Return
I'm taking a few weeks off until the new year, when actually I'm hosting on January sixth, Three Kings' Day or Epiphany. Happiest of holidays to you and yours. This Wednesday, the winter solstice arrives, and I am reminded of Percy Bysshe Shelley: "Oh, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?" And that brings me to today's discovery.
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a barren bush,
then a closer peek —
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