Two poems for the coming Solstice.
The first is The Iron Hand from Barbara Walsh, who is in the process of establishing her own WordPress site:
The Iron Hand
The iron-hard earth imprisons life below
Cold darkness, gripping life that glows
But not to conquer or destroy;
That life now sleeping waits to grow
Till winter’s touch so cold yet needed.
Releases gentle fingers new to spring’s caress
Waves goodbye to winter’s tending
Starts the cycle never ending
And one from me…Dark Solstice
If I had different eyes
That shone a bolder hue
I’d see the cycle of the year
As a single act surrounding you
If I had larger ears
For a wider range of sound
I’d teach you of the double chord
St Stephen and St John resound
If I had a bigger heart
That could hold both death and light
I would raise your gaze to the brightest day
Beyond this cold December night
Stephen Tanham is a director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, a not-for-profit organisation that helps people find a personal path to a deeper place within their internal and external lives.
The Silent Eye provides home-based, practical courses which are low-cost and personally supervised. The course materials and corresponding supervision are provided month by month without further commitment.
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