Today we celebrate the Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It is just the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, where the winter solstice marks the longest day and the shortest night!
Enjoy this poem, “Winter’s Beauty,” by Welsh poet and writer William Henry Davies. Happy Winter!
By William Henry Davies
Is it not fine to walk in spring,
When leaves are born, and hear birds sing?
And when they lose their singing powers,
In summer, watch the bees at flowers?
Is it not fine, when summer’s past,
To have the leaves, no longer fast,
Biting my heel where’er I go,
Or dancing lightly on my toe?
Now winter’s here and rivers freeze;
As I walk out I see the trees,
Wherein the pretty squirrels sleep,
All standing in the snow so deep:
And every twig, however small,
Is blossomed white and beautiful.
Then welcome, winter, with thy power
To make this tree a big white flower;
To make this tree a lovely sight,
With fifty brown arms draped in white,
While thousands of small fingers show
In soft white gloves of purest snow.