RETURN OF THE LIGHT



This Christmas I have been aware of how many of us face the festive season with the loss of loved ones in our minds, made more poignant by the memory of times shared. For recent loss these can be difficult days however just as the Solstice passes and the days grow lighter I believe there is hope. The sharp depth of grief is part of the process and with time comes healing. Although they are forever missed, memories can be shared with laughter and their presence among us felt again.

This photograph was taken on Christmas Eve in the countryside near my Spanish home. The sunlight illuminating the unseasonally deep carpet of clover and daisy. 

I have added a beautiful photograph of the light taken by my wonderful son in law Jose.


RETURN OF THE SUN

Creeping towards Solstice,
darkening days following
the glory of leaf fall,
hard ground and chill air
circling earth rhythms as
souls crave hibernation,
to burrow down in soft quilts
in lulling, soothing sleep, to
dream perhaps of change to come.

Instinctive trance broken by
man made hustle, circadian
pulse modified by electric glare 
bringing anxious relief from
thoughts that run too deep.  
Ancient celebrations echo
from the ancestors, feasting,
giving, song; blessings on
the children whose joy
cheers those adrift in grief.

Remembrance sharpened 
as those we love and lost
float amongst us, in pictures of 
childhood and Christmas past.
As Midwinter turns and the
sun’s gift breaks the spell of dark,
each passing year the sadness lifts,
light casting out shadows,
to remember now with smiles,
telling stories round warming fires.





 © 2018 Jacqueline Knight Cotterill.  All rights reserved. 





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