The Longest Night of the Year: Mary Chapin Carpenter

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  1. Beto Says:

    In 2010 we had a rare full moon on the solstice…
    The next one is in 2098

    Under the solstice moon
    We danced in ragged rings
    As dogs sniffed the wind
    With noses in the sky

    There the breath of God
    Drifting through Orion’s Belt
    Took our humble prayers
    Through footless halls night

    Lo the power washed us
    And lifted us on high
    Where the sun will come again
    Reborn upon the wheel

    So Frankincense smoke slow
    Float upon the winter air
    The tally of our needs
    God’s grace to fill once more

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      This repeat was also in the spam file, but I put it back when I saw the reference to a full moon on the Solstice. I think that a most remarkable way to start winter.

  2. Beto Says:

    Under the solstice moon
    We danced in ragged rings
    As dogs sniffed the wind
    With noses in the sky

    There the breath of God
    Drifting through Orion’s Belt
    Took our humble prayers
    Through footless halls night

    Lo the power washed us
    And lifted us on high
    Where the sun will come again
    Reborn upon the wheel

    So Frankincense smoke slow
    Float upon the winter air
    The tally of our needs
    God’s grace to fill once more

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      Sorry for the delay but this ended up in spam. I’m so glad I went hunting there this morning or I would have missed this. This touched my heart. It is Christmas and winter and all the feelings of the season. Thanks!

  3. Beto Says:

    I tried to leave something but somehow WordPress is eating my comment?

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      My spam folder ate your comments, but I found them this morning. I don’t usually check that file as often as I have the last few days, but I have found a few other comments put there. Sorry for the delay! I love this poem! It is among my favorites of yours!!

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      I’m thinking maybe you’ve had enough Spam today!


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