Merry Christmas to my wonderful flickr friends. May you know peace and joy. (This photo made Explore on December 8, 2008.)
A Spell of Winter
Old death haunts winter
And cold black air clings tight and greedy
To the sere grasses under the hill.
The moon travels in other circles tonight
While the wakeful stars,
Inviolate and icy,
Scintillating with silent strengths,
Darker than the besetting air,
Stand with their shivering arms
Thrust naked towards the bitter sky
In frozen supplication.
The earth is enchanted
By a spell of winter.
It is frigid and asleep,
But it dreams of consummation.
taken from Elementa (Loosey Goosey Press, 2008) by Faith Goble