Morning Sky Over Turtle Rock Farm
20 December 2010

The winter solstice—
the moment when Earth’s axis
is tilted farthest from the sun—
this year
will be at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 22.)
The shortest day,
the longest night.
And then we move into
lengthening days
and shortening nights.

It’s good to notice this.
Perhaps it’s worth being there—
going outside at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Yes, it will still be dark
and cold, here.
But it’s very good
to be in touch with what’s happening
on our home.

Here’s Caitlin Matthews’ greeting for Winter,
from Celtic Devotional:

Greeting to the Winter Solstice

Brightener of Darkness, hail!
Keeper of Clearness, Opener of the Depths.
Gifts of plenty are arising,
Winter wonders, white snows’ fall.
Joyful be the heart within us,
Open wide the guesting door,
Wisdom waken in abundance,
Warm our beings to the core.