Sunday, December 21, 2014


darkness comes
more and more.

we shrink and stretch

as we fight this torpor
hiding the deep fear of the deep darkness.
 instead of loving the endings
loving them i say!
as the year subsides
and the dear light leaves.
it is deep winter 
cold this solstice.
but warmth is coming with the holyday.
 these spent blossoms
search for a pollinator until they fade.
i take home to print with.
 around these hills
the land settles,
 the big birds are now seen.
and many days i watch them hunt
if i'm lucky enough.
it's a stewart brand lesson:
there's no such thing as free lunch.
while we can't prepare food there yet,
we can hang out,
pour a cup of water,
wash the clothes or bathe,
watch the friendly doe skirt the pines,
hear a great horned
or a coyote family.
if there's been sun enough for the panels,
or snow enough to ski,
or love enough to sustain,
we are blessed.
may you be blessed as well.
a hopefull solstice to you.


Sharmon Davidson said...

It looks like a beautiful solstice there in that beautiful place, and your poetic words make it more so. Happy solstice to you!

Velma Bolyard said...

sharmon, thank you, it is beautiful here and at the new place, so so winter.

jude said...

it is grey and cold here but i hold the sun in my heart. what a view!

Penny said...

Such a lovely post, beautiful photos.

Velma Bolyard said...

jude, the sun is always in your heart.
penny, lovely to hear your"voice", a happy holiday season to you, and the ponies...

Bryan's Japanese Textiles said...

I suggest a time lapsed camera set looking out these three windows for one year. Or maybe several years each year a different filming sequence.

neki desu said...

the poetry of silence

Velma Bolyard said...

bryan, excellent idea...if i can keep it out of the dogs way...
neki, all those words, quietly conversing with the trees

Anonymous said...

hope settles quietly over the land and the light will eventually return

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, your gentle reminder: hope. thank you.

Valerianna said...

oooo... getting close, eh? Lovely view from that window! Many blessings this year, Velma!

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, yes, it is taking soooo long, htough.

Leena said...

Velma, thank you for always so positive posts. Enjoy the quite time of winter and happy new year.

Liz Ackert said...

With thanks for all you share, wishes for peace and quiet joy

Mo Crow said...

such beautiful photographs and deep hearted words to mark the year's end & dreams fir new beginnings

Velma Bolyard said...

leena, that's lovely to hear, and i think we who live "up north" have to enjoy it!
liz, thank you, for all that
mc, thank you, i like the dreams for new beginnings very much.

mansuetude said...


mansuetude said...

Well. I meant to Thank you for sharing this visual beauty, this seasonal earth. Appreciated. Blessings in the New Year. Already flowing ...

Velma Bolyard said...

m, i think blessings flow (mostly, anyway) we just have to put ourselves in the stream.

Amy Meissner said...

Velma-good to learn that you, too, dwell in the north where Winter Solstice is so much more than just a passing date. It is the return of so many things. I've very much enjoyed seeing your work for the first time just now and look forward to an ongoing "conversation" -- even if it's just of images and posts with another kindred spirit.
XO Amy

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