This year the bells have lost their hammers,
no call to Christmas mass or carol service,
just the silent ring of frost and the corvid’s clamour
before it pecks the unseeing eyes of a much too early lamb.
No jingle of shop doorbells, no one-horse open sleigh,
just the tinkle of baubles on Christmas trees,
the twinkle of lights in windows, a spark of hope
at Yuletide for a happier New Year’s Day.
We wish for a change in the weather,
the tide to turn, the sun return,
and one day we will be together,
more sensitive to warmth of smile and touch’s burn.
Kim M. Russell, 21st December 2020
My response to earthweal weekly challenge: A Solstice Bell
As Brendan says, today is the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year up here in the Northern Hemisphere, and the ‘six-month march of increasing light capping off at the summer solstice.
This week’s challenge finds its essence in a poem by Canadian Robert Bringhurst, and Brendan asks us to ring a solstice bell. He asks what is the change revealed in this seasonal moment, and what does it portend for the coming year? Out of darkness, what stirs and wakens?
At this very different Yuletide, my wish is that we all find some joy and are able to spend time with at least one or two of our loved ones. Best wishes for 2021.