Dancing with the Dark

Light has been hard to come by lately.

Perhaps the message of the longest night of the year is to stop trying to flee the darkness, instead, following the example of the great canopy trees, casting off artifice – the leaves of summer – and spending this season stretching roots into life-giving earth, taking time to deepen my connection to that which sustains me.

I need this quiet season. It brings me back to center after the frenzy of planting, weeding, harvesting, and reveling in the vibrant life that surrounds me during warmer times. Winter precipitation – frozen or liquid – pulls me into contemplation, forcing me to a slower tempo as I watch snowflakes or raindrops fall on brown leaves piled beneath bared branches.

In cold darkness, melodies emerge: the sonorous tones of a barred owl calling its mate, a staccato crash and splash as deer test ice covering the creek, distant howls of hungry coyotes. Winter rhythms slow heartbeats, deepen breathing, center souls.

On this longest night, I will pull warm blankets over my head and dream of swimming in deep oceans, flying soundlessly over frozen moonlit ground, dancing around ancient bonfires, remembering that I need darkness to see the light.

May this winter season bring us all comfort and joy.

Happy Winter Solstice.

  1. #1 by Anne on December 21, 2019 - 6:12 pm

    Thanks so much for your beautiful thoughts on this special time of year!
    Please enjoy my most beloved Solstice hymn, Unconquered Sun by Thea Gilmore.

    • #2 by piedmontgardener on December 21, 2019 - 6:26 pm

      Thanks for sharing this lovely song, Anne. And thanks for stopping by. Happy Solstice!

  2. #3 by Dana Charles Harris on December 22, 2019 - 12:38 pm

    I always look forward to this day because we start on the road to longer days.
    This time of year after the gardens have been put to bed for the winter is a time to rest and dream of the first signs of spring. The excitement of the first signs of life.
    But for now the rest is welcome.

    • #4 by piedmontgardener on December 22, 2019 - 1:27 pm

      I agree, Dana. Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by.

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