Dark hours may grow but cannot creep beyond
The umbra in the sun’s panoptic sight;
And so will cease the owls’ distressful song
That mourns the passed and passing through the night.
In time, the sun shall dawn a different song,
A song of life, of love, and hope beyond,
Beyond the tears that fill your sleepless night,
Beyond the fears of t’morrow still unsight.
Hang on, friend, for ’tis the hour, ’tis the night!
The owls will soon cease their distressful song
When dawn shall crack within your teary sight
And bring the morrow from the world beyond.
Although no blue sky’s pledged to grace our sight,
The sun still dawns upon the wintriest night;
And so does hope abound and last beyond
The envoi of your sad solstitial song.
Echoin’ beyond our most wistful of sights,
Long’s been the twilight song of solstice night!
Before I can gather my courage (and ambition) to conquer a whopping sestina (6×6+3), having read some pentinas (5×5+2) and tritinas (3×3+1), I figured it might be doable to try the logically existent (4×4+2) but rarely heard-of tetratina (or “quatina”?). Well, now that I’ve tried (strugglingly), perhaps the sestina can wait.
Winter Solstice is here, whereupon daylight hours will gradually recover. This familial festivity is alleged to surpass the Chinese New Year in importance, at least here in the south. To the amazement of many, my countrymen included, traditional Chinese farmers actually adhere to the solar calendar (upon which the solstices and equinoxes are prescribed), not the lunar one (where the New Year is based). The Chinese Winter Solstice is a joyous celebration, similar to Yuletide, the pagan precursor of Christmas, but perhaps for different reasons, as it traditionally marks the end of harvest and commences the annual holiday amongst our agricultural population.
On this day of family reunions and such, I’d like to dedicate this poem to any friends who have lost any loved ones in the past year. May sweet memories of love endure through your wintriest of nights. Blessings and peace. x
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