Solstice Fires

Ian R Thorpe By Ian R Thorpe, 21st Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Christmas is under attack with the politically correct thought police banning everything that might offend anyone and scientists saying Christmas Cards are unscientific but us pagans have a way of surviving. Good Yule everyone.
There are a few notes on names of full moons, another pagan thing, to pad out the poem and maybe inspire someone.

Solstice Fires - a Yuletide poem

Solstice fires burn bright as newborn stars
shedding warmth where frost - wolf's icy breath
silvers streams, kisses each leafless branch,
making the eternal mother yield.
Frosted buds glitter like frozen tears
as nature mourns the mother's little death;
dark demons spread a heavy shroud to blanch
colour from the woodland, heath and field.

Earth crouches low under the wolf moon
hungering until abundance can resume.

But of each living thing a spark, preserved
and tended by the ones who serve the flame
survives to light embryo season's birth,
'til life returns one more, vibrant and green.
At its nadir, each day the pale sun moves,
not strong enough to set sky aflame.
So while nature languishes in dearth,
this darkest night the solstice fires burn.

The reference here to "frost -wolf" perhaps needs clarification as in many ancient mythologies of the northern lands there are wolf myths connected with winter and long dark nights. This reference is actually to the names of the full moons. The wolf moon is the last full moon of the pagan year (in this part of the world at least) and so its "icy breath" is the air during the long nights around solstice.

Names of the full moon through the year:
January, Cold moon; February, Snow moon; March, Sap or worm moon; April, Blossom moon May, Flower moon; June, Strawberry or rose moon; July ,Buck moon; (Male deer, or bucks, grow their first antlers during this month); August, Salmon moon; September, Harvest or corn moon; October,Hunter's moon; November, Beaver moon (no jokes please); December, Wolf or hunger moon;
If anyone is wondering about the blue moon - paa pa pa paa pading a ding dong Blue Moon ;-), - that occurs when there are two full moons in a single calendar months - the second is the blue moon.


Moon, Pagan, Poem, Poetry, Rhyme, Solstice, Verse, Winter, Yule

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
Born Manchester UK, 1948. varied early career from clerk via construction site worker and street trader to I T consultant. Performance poet, broadcaster, fiction writer and essayist on many topics.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Dec 2013 (#)

Very nice

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
22nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Lynett, are you a pagan or just a lover of winter landscapes?

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
22nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks, Ian. I'd been meaning to do some more research here for an article I'm working on. Now I can just send people to your article!

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
22nd Dec 2013 (#)

Don't do that, use the information you found here and give us your own take on it. Creativity is like cannibalism, we all feed off each other :-)

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author avatar LOVERME
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

were you born on 29 Feb 1948
must have been a leap year
YES twas a leap year..
and ur a Sunday born always a winner

Happy birthday years in advance ..
we may not be then together

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Dec 2013 (#)

Nice work mate, very inspired in every word!

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