Saturday, 19 December 2015

An Invocation for the Darkest Night

As we approach the Winter solstice, the darkest night of the year, a suitably themed poem. The December solstice occurs on Tuesday December 22nd at 08:04 am. The druids will be a stonehenge to celebrate the rising sun. But what about celebrating the longest night itself? That's the idea behind this poem.

Darkness is often used in religions as a metaphor for evil, but darkness also is the time for sleep, when our bodies  can be at rest, and all the cares and worries are set aside for a few hours. In T.F. Powys "Darkness and Nathianiel", it is light which is ephemeral, and darkness which brings true peace.

An Invocation for the Darkest Night

Come longest night, praise the dark
Cover this land in your embrace
Before the dawn, before the lark
May you show your darkling face

Come longest night, bring us peace
The world in pain can go to sleep
Pray for wars and conflicts cease
May you give us blessings deep

Come longest night, chant the spell
Enfold in darkness of your gown
Pray all manner of things be well
Before you lay aside your crown

The darkness night, the turning year
Pray cast out our misery and fear

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