The longest night

I am/was a voracious reader.  As a child, I loved the Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper.  Her poem is perfect for this stormy Solstice night.


So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing, to drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us — listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land….

–Susan Cooper

Happy Solstice to all!  Welcome longer days!


5 Responses to “The longest night”

  1. Jennifer Fisk Says:

    Very nice. Can’t wait to notice longer days.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Oh, I so love that! I read those books as an adult and loved them, too.

  3. Cate Says:

    Those were some of my favorite books too! I agree, it is time to read them again and I’m in need of a vacation book.

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