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Winter Solstice

At Stonehenge poised for morn in deepest darkness, We beckon Lady Ceridwen, our Goddess Crone, And mark Samhain’s quiet constant stillness, To death in Yule we walk with magic to the stone. Dark mother, wise one, heal us in the underworld, Where the winter souls find rebirth in breaking sun. It returns the fecund resplendence that it unfurled, And warms the blood and bone with hope and passion. We feast celebrating, slaughtering a spring-born animal, And dwell where ancestral souls wait solar rebirth, We call upon sun god Esus to offer light’s arrival, Brightening, emblazoning the cold and frosted earth. Ceased in longest night, we linger here in winter death, That we trust again the power of light, our shibboleth.

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Date: 12/16/2021 11:42:00 AM
dr. wells, first congrats on your publications. secondly, thx for visiting my poems when u can. this sonnet-try achievement has a universalizing culture (winter and death, spring and resurrection: JESUS/esus was in the grave maybe 3 days in "fecund darkness."
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Thomas Wells
Date: 12/16/2021 9:42:00 PM
I am so pleased you had a chance to read this poem. The Celts learned of Christ from the Romans. In return, they gave us the Christmas tree, the mistletoe, and the greenery on the mantel. Merry Christmas, my friend!
Date: 12/15/2021 10:07:00 PM
You've got me thinking with this well written sonnet, Thomas. First visit, I'll be back for more. A poet friend in the making, Bill
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Thomas Wells
Date: 12/16/2021 9:32:00 PM
Hey Bill, Thanks for your thoughts during this season of Yule! A poet friend in making is always one I have made, so you can expect me to pay your poems a visit from time to time.
Date: 12/13/2021 7:59:00 PM
The mythological allusions give your poem an added power, along with strong word couplings like .."constant stillness." Winter Solstice - festival + darkness, the wait for rebirth - now that's a potent mix. Be well. Brian
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Thomas Wells
Date: 12/15/2021 4:48:00 PM
Thank you again, my kind friend! Be well!