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The days of the short light

By Paree
a few lines from one of my poems

outside my window winter gloats
the cherry tree has taken off her coat,
still some leaves to her branches pinned
held tight by Autumns last prevailing winds

the first lines of a poem inspired by the lovely wild cherry tree in my neighbours garden,

I watched a programme about the Stonehenge and they now think it is quite possible that it was built to celebrate the winter solstice not the summer ,

if you think about it they would be much more likely to celebrate the coming of the lighter warmer days
than the summer longest day ?????

The Winter Solstice falls on the shortest day of the year (21st December) and was celebrated in Britain long before the arrival of Christianity. The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Oaks were seen as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe was a symbol of life in the dark winter months.

It was also the Druids who began the tradition of the yule log. The Celts thought that the sun stood still for twelve days in the middle of winter and during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

Many of these customs are still followed today. They have been incorporated into the Christian and secular celebrations of Christmas.

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Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 11:29AM
Another of your wonderful creations. Agree with views on Sonehenge, it would make more sense. Hope you and your lovely cat are OK. My little friend will make an appearance soon. GrinGrin Peter.

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retec 10 England
3 Dec 2013 11:50AM
Excellent work, once again.

Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
3 Dec 2013 11:55AM
A beautiful image and the poem is a delight. Your creativity is always a joy to see.
The Druids had a lot of wisdom, I wish more of it had been handed down. I think they knew more about the nature of the world than most ancient civilizations, and even our modern ones. Their customs have enriched our own modern world.
Paree 11 616 3
3 Dec 2013 12:15PM
wow thank you Peter so much, for the award
must get round to re-joining e 2

Peter and Joline so agree with you both

have we gained or ?, lost with all out clever knowledge,
I think that is debatable.

(part of another poem)
he saw the silver moon face shine
but not through knowing eyes like mine,
I know its dead, as dust can be,
so who's lost out him or me?......

haven't spent much time on the site lately as I as busy making a scrap book at the moment,
it for my poems and drawing and memories, its in a hard back large book and I am sticking all the pieces onto the blank pages,
its really only for my family although everyone is saying g I should get it published,
its easy getting published that's not a problem, its the selling of it that's the hard bit ha ha

also I have finished 2 rainbow knitted blankets for the save the children,
and my little grandsons, for them I put little knitted pockets on them and put little torches and toys in them with a big fancy button to close them,
and the torches are attached so they wont lose them
Paree 11 616 3
3 Dec 2013 12:43PM
I have now re-joined e2
the uploaded a blanket
will take some more photo's
Wink keep watching lol WinkWinkWinkWink
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
3 Dec 2013 1:18PM
A lovely magical image. Are the knitted blankets ones you have made?
Paree 11 616 3
3 Dec 2013 1:23PM

Quote:A lovely magical image. Are the knitted blankets ones you have made?

yes made them and really enjoyed it
the flowers are from a video u tube the lady crochets and you can keep rewinding.
to follow her

the knitted blanket look complicated but very easy to make
the secret of these blankets is to chose bright colours, or colours that blend together
3 Dec 2013 5:03PM
Excellent work Maureen well done indeed

3 Dec 2013 7:01PM
Your talents never cease to leave me in awe....
DonMc 8 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 7:40PM
Multi talented Maureen!SmileSmileSmile
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 8:43PM
Beautiful image Maureen - and I love your blankets SmileSmile
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 11:54PM
The child and the sphere capture the attention because of the brightness and colour, and I love the wonderment in the face of the child. Her curiosity will make her wise, and the touching of hands will transfer the wisdom.

I haven't celebrated Christmas for over 25 years, Maureen, I want nothing to do with its commercialism.
Give me Yule before it was absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas.
The seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days and worldwide many cultures hold a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
It represents the birth of the Sun, not the Son.

Let There Be Light!
Great work Paree.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
5 Dec 2013 5:11PM

Quote:Your talents never cease to leave me in awe....

Could not agree more. Gobsmacked.

VERY interesting info about the Druids too. I agree with Joline about it being a pity that more wisdom wasn't passed down. The world could sure do with more wisdom. Understatement Grin


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