TODAY is the Winter Solstice!!!
From here on out—from now, the shortest day of the year, the days will get longer. We get more of the light, less of the night.
Sigh—Summer was so long ago. And so long away.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say. If it doesn’t go away, it can’t come back, they say. Well, okay. I’ll live.
It will be nice to see the trees alive again. Nice to see the world thaw out, melt. See streams run from muddy embankments, mist linger on pavement, fog cover lush, ironic cemeteries.
It will be nice to see the world come back to life in the Spring.
Come back soon.
ENOUGH TO HOLD US THROUGH
J. P. Cabit
I asked you if you’d be gone long,
You only nodded ambivalently,
And mentioned some words about wandering.
I told you to come back soon,
But you only muttered something
About holding down the fort,
And that you’d miss us.
And I guess last detail
Trivial as some may see it,
Was enough to hold us through.