On the first day of winter,
the earth awakens to the cold touch of itself.
Snow knows no other recourse except
this falling, this sudden letting go
over the small gnomed bushes, all the emptying trees.
Snow puts beauty back into the withered and malnourished,
into the death-wish of nature and the deliberate way
winter insists on nothing less than deference.
waiting all its life, snow says, 'Let me cover you.'
~ The First Day of Winter by Laura Lush
May you all have warm fire, warm food, and warm folks to share it with on this longest night on the year! Yuletide & Winter Solstice blessings to you all and those you care about!
Aymi & Laurel