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" Friendship is a sheltering tree "

Coleridge

Here’s to Midwinter & to You

December 23rd, 2010
A Danish Christmas tree illuminated with burni...

From the modern Bard Robin Williamson. Happy Solstice, Happy Christmas!

Here’s to Midwinter
Standing again at the crossroads
of Winter here’s to midwinter
and the twinkle of bright eyes
and here’s to me Tom Fool with my handful of holly
I’ll write the wren boys in, in frosty Antrim
& the Welsh with the Mari Llwyd

I’ll write a twinkle in those eye holes
in the lanes of Ceredigion
Claret faced Christmas
talking turkey will have its full say
with carols till your ears melt
but I’ll write magic
in a star hung sky
and what the wind whispers
on the black roadside nowhere
where the dead & the unborn
listen whispers this:
every kiss should be about what will be
every tear must be for what will never come again
here’s to midwinter and the twinkle of bright eyes
here’s to what cannot be taken
from the lowest in the coldest doorway
here’s to what the highest cannot keep
with the highest walls
here’s to what the granny and the wee baby knows
here’s to the heart beat of the world
and here’s to you.
Robin Williamson