Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Arrival of Winter


The Arrival of Winter

The moon hung red in the sky last night, as red as a dream of Christmas. A spell was cast on the light in the garden and a curious blackness sifted down slowly through the evergreen hemlocks and pines. While far, far above, one after another, tulle-skirted clouds raced past the red moon on their way to a dance in the skies. All was quiet, and the great owls stared from their homes high up in the trees, with yellow eyes glowing orange in the light of this holly red moon - this icy herald of Winter - on the eve of this, the most magical season of all.

It never enters the landscape without being noticed, it has none of the shyness of Autumn or Spring. The white power of Winter will drive us to shelter, we’ll retreat to warm hearthsides in our harbours of stone. And there we shall struggle with this cold circumscription, knowing we shan’t walk through clover till Spring. Our souls will wriggle, and flounce, and we shall sigh heavy sighs. We will stare out at the icicles that pierce the air round our windows, and ponder the intricate pictures now drawn by Jack Frost.
But soon, very soon, our spirits will settle and we’ll feel clean and unhurried, much like the soft snowflakes drifting down from the sky. Our imaginations will drift and meander through strange fallow fields where we’ll sense the small stirrings of brand new ideas. Our thoughts will follow icy winds to undiscovered lands, where they’ll wander down overgrown pathways and open locked doors. We will rest and indulge in long conversations. We will sleep and our dreams will enlighten our hearts.
And when the Spring comes around, and it always does, we’ll awaken like roses, with new textures and colours - refreshed and enlivened by our time in the cold. Such is the magical wonder of Winter. A magnificent season, a gift to us all.
Raise a glass to its beauty. Sing a song of its grace.
Happy Solstice to All!

29 comments:

  1. Happy Solstice to you Pamela. Winter has indeed arrived. What a great time of the year it is.

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  2. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  3. Winter truly does have a beauty all it's own. I wish I were having a white Christmas!

    Happy Solstice and happy holiday to you all Pamela. Thank you for a year of beautiful, thought-provoking and enjoyable posts.

    Cheers ~ Deb

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  4. Dear Pamela, you are so very gifted. I just want to burrow down in a soft throw and read by the fire now. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas to you, the Songwriter, Edward and Apple!

    H.H.

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  5. Lovely images Pamela.
    And tomorrow the sun sets one minute later than today...we shall enjoy Winter as you so beautifully describe the season, but look forward to new stirrings in February.....

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  6. As I read your post, a memory of one of your summer posts was waiting just beyond the snowflakes.... remember the few posts about the stiflingly heat? Tonight as we danced around the Solstice Fire, sweeping away the old year with boughs of spruce and fir, it felt impossible that 6 months from now we will be swimming in the river. Such mystery. this universe.
    Abundant Solstice Blessings to you!

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  7. Pamela, I so love reading your posts. I savor the thoughts and images you so vividly bring to mind. Wonderful illustration of the King and Queen of Winter arriving.

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  8. Happy Solstice to you! I become enchanted with your description of winter in all its beauty. Thank you for sharing.

    Merry Christmas!

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  9. happy Solstice! and merry Christmas- it's beautiful as always here

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  10. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas !!! Ag

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  11. Eloise and I wish you and all of your loved ones the Merriest of Christmas' and a healthy and joyous New Year.

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  12. What amazingly woven words you entrance us with Pamela. I must say I have enjoyed all your posts throughout the past year, and I look forward to lots more wisdom and laughter from you in 2011.

    I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and creative New Year.

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  13. And to you too, Pamela! Enjoy all the magic and enchantment of the season.

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  14. Lovely words Pamela.
    Heres wishing to you and Edward a fantastical & magical Holiday Season!

    L.
    La Maison Fou

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  15. You lucky people with the possibility of hibernating by cosy firesides while we swelter in the heat. i would gladly change with you at the drop of a hat.

    A very Happy Christmas to you and Edward, and the Songwriter and Apple.

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  16. Today Pamela the sun has started his journey back - we must hold on to this thought through the icy weather.
    A very happy Christmas to you all.

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  17. Warm wishes for the best of the season my friend! Happy Solstice to you and yours. xo

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  18. Wishing a Happy Solstice to the House...I wish we could have seen the eclipse here. Wasn't it fantastic timing?

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  19. Oh, that is a good one! They certainly have been parading through the UK, leaving white carnage in their wake!

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  20. Beautiful! Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!

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  21. Pamela, I will re-read this thoughtful post over and over again during the next few months as winter's gray and damp grip lays hold of my patience.

    A very Happy Christmas to you, your beloved Song Writer and of course...dear Edward & Apple! Many blessings for the new year!
    xo J~

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  22. Thank you for that poetic prose of the solstice.

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  23. Dear Pamela,
    Wnter is definitely cold and icy but with it comes beauty and magic..... and that's what we love about this time of year. It's a good job that I love it as we are covered in snow !!
    XXXX

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  24. "...we will sleep and our dreams will enlighten our hearts". Love that. Season's greetings to you, Edward, Apple and the Song Writer. Thank you for your beautiful posts during the year.

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  25. Happy Solstice! Yes, it has! Crisp, clear and filled with the wonders of the season!

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  26. I agree with all your winter reverie. I love this time of hibernating with ideas by the hearth.

    Merry, merry Christmas to you, Pamela. I am enjoying my book of Christmas poems won here and received gratefully from you last year.

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  27. A breathtaking ode to Winter...and a Happy Solstice to you! The red moon was splendid here in Florida, not a cloud in sight!!!

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  28. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Pamela, Edward, the Songwriter and Apple! Thank you for all the joy you have brought to me and so many others this past year. I look forward to an equally wonderful 2011! God bless all!

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  29. Your post struck a chord. In the latest London Review of Books, Alan Bennett, that great old man of English letters, writes about a blue moon. A blue moon is the second full moon of the month, an event which occurs every tow or three years. He writes " The moon is strong enough to cast sharp shadows, with the sky blue except for occasional reefs of cloud so that with the snow still lying in drifts on the road earth and heaven seem one ". How seasonal and uplifting is that ?

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