winter solstice

December 21, 2010

There’s been a lunar eclipse in North America and a blood red moon seen in Scotland. 

I think about graphic black and white drawings, engravings, etchings or paintings at this time of year that reflect the cold rawness of the weather and the amount of light that mere mortals and the animal kingdom and the plant kingdom receive. Maybe I should put that list in a more ethical order . . . .mmmm . . with mere mortals coming third. Anyhow, many mortals will now look forward to longer daylight hours. I chose these images to explain my feeling today . . . and how we, as mere mortals, should continue to feel in awe and respect of the larger world we inhabit.

William Blake illustrations to ‘Thornton’s Virgil’

Samuel Palmer ‘A Shepherd and his Flock under Moon and Stars’ and below, also Palmer ‘Shepherds under a Full Moon’

Vines, leaves, roots of darkness, growing,

now you are uncurled and cover our eyes

with the edge of winter sky

leaning over us in icy stars.

Vines, leaves, roots of darkness, growing,

come with your seasons, your fullness, your end.

Annie Finch. Winter Solstice Chant from Calendars, published by Tupelo Press

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