Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by the current cold spell in the UK, with snow on the ground in Leeds for the first time this winter. It seems ironic that the most wintrish of symbols should be falling now that the days are getting noticeably lighter; nearly a month after the ‘shortest day’; suggesting that spring is around the corner. Here’s the poem:
Late Snow Arrives, All Seasons Leave
ancient trees three months bare
snow in my hair
but spring is in the air
Easter begins to knock, light lasts past four-o’-clock
old winter is shown the door
sun rules once more
new life dresses Earth’s floor
Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, Andy Wolfhol’s advanced apprentice. Yes, that’s right folks, ol’ Wolfhol’s passed me as an advanced apprentice this week, before taking the rest of the week off. He’s still feeling a little jaded from his Week-long Winter Solstice, and his fortnight-long celebrations, which did of course coincide with Christmas and New Year.
Craig Shields Greenygrey Images on eMORFES
As well as learning from Wolfhol I’m also looking further afield of course, and even into the humany world, where eMORFES is a constant source of amazing art and incredible images. Moreover, there seems to be a lot of greenygrey images around, such as these by Illustrations by Craig Shields:
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Winter Solstice 2012 in the northern hemisphere, and the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere. Lighter days and summer and are now heading northwards, while darker days and winter are on their way south; to meet half way at the spring/autumn equinox in March. Hope you have a great Solstice, Christmas and whatever you celebrate; and holiday season.
The poem mirrors line for line (outer and outer etc) in the two halves more than the lines rhyming. Here it is:
Mid-Winter Rainbow’s Pot of Gold
dye me grey
winds chill down
ascended shortest day, midwinter peak fall
wardrobe coat den
grate my desire
Hi, it’s Michael Wolf, wonderful weatherperson at the Greenygrey. We’re blogging live from a super sunrise within an hour of our beloved bulk-book-buying 9-5 workers start work, and hoping to have the blog posted in time for the 9am start, when workers need to settle in and warm up with a little web browsing… at the Greenygrey. The Greenygrey is with you at the start of December 2012’s first working week morning…
Yes, we recently blogged that it was approaching that time of year when the winter sunrise lines up with the Northern Hemisphere’s normal work-day rush hour… and yes, that’s it, the sun has just risen at about 8.20, no doubt brightening the morning for all those Monday morning crotchety commuters.
It’s less than three weeks now to the Winter Solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day, and the sunrise reaches its closest passing to the 9am work-day start.
Due to there not being an artistic werewolf in the office at this early hour; where are Andy Wolfhol and Baron Wolfman when you need them; we don’t have any images from today’s super sunrise, but here’s some we made before, Blue Peter-style:
P.S. Great news for the 9-5 workers who’ve now reached work. A band of cloud has just eaten up the sky and it is pouring with rain… although the sun is still is shining on the horizon. Who said weather was boring..!
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stella, Susie, Max, Baron and Andy for their posts this week; and welcome Stella and Baron to the pack. While our esteemed colleagues have been keeping you entertained, we’ve been planning our Winter Solstice Christmas marketing campaign.
Before starting, we’d like to point out that we’re not practising pagans, we’re perfect ones. No, only joking, we don’t believe in a changeable nature, but we believe in respecting it.
We also don’t believe in a monotheistic god, but respect people’s rights to worship one, as long as they’re not imposing it on others, and using it to justify war and power over others.
Winter Solstice Christmas Marketing Campaign
As we enter the sunrise season for 9-5 workers in the northern hemisphere, with the sun rising at the perfect time for the regular risers, we started our winter solstice Christmas marketing campaign yesterday on Grey’s old Werewolf of Oz website.
Yes, do you remember that two-year feast of everything land-down-under, where ‘I’/’my other half’ blogged its historic fantasy-travel across what you know as Australia, daringly manoeuvring its way across perilous Google maps… and trying to entertain you lot with its comedy-fantasy at the same time!
Hopefully the book, priced at the lowest possible tariffs on Amazon, might make an ideal present for those trying to protect animals and environment; enjoy South Park and Monty Python-style comedy; have an interest in travel and Australia; and/or the powers of body, mind and spirit.
And here’s another thrilling episode to surely tip you over the edge into putting your paws in your pockets and purchasing our book, which we’re not likely to make any money out of, and Amazon’s not likely to pay any taxes on in the UK; but hopefully it’ll entertain you, and help me rise up the book charts…
Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps
Oops, just seen the next episode, and it’s not an epic classic, more of a five-minute cartoon, but the significance of the emerald cork hat is emphasised, and the arrival of Alice starts off a pretty cool little sub-episode containing the great gig in the sky above Uluru/Ayer’s Rock. Here it is anyway:
29. ALICE SPRINGS in THE DESERT
Before shooting off into the stratosphere, MiMo said ‘Bonzo and Were, beware. Hold onto your hat and keep to the dust sandy path, unless the hat glows, because when it’s safe it knows.’
We continued south. It seemed hellish to the east and west, and each side seemed to be pulling us its way. I tried to shut it out and continue progressing on the path.
Poor Bonzo was singing Gimme a Bullet to Bite On, while Elle said she was worried her body wasn’t going to be strong enough to make it. I was struggling myself, and tried to think of a reunion with Green in the Greenygrey world to take my mind off the ordeal.
We were finding the going particularly tough late in the day, when suddenly a woman sprang out of the red sunset and landed on the path in front of us.
Today we have a timely and beautiful winter cycle seasonal poem by Claire Knight, inspired by the midwinter change, when the nights start getting lighter, and people start looking forward to spring.
Thanks to Claire for creating and sharing it, and a serene Solstice, merry Christmas and happy holidays to everybody.
Thanks for visiting fmpoetry in 2010, and best wishes for 2011!
Settling us into the time of dark
Winter Solstice fades away.
A fire crackles in the hearth
reflections on things now passed
draw unbidden into the mind.
Was I all I could be…?
Did I say and give all I wanted to?
the old year closes its door
midnight: one year slips into another
a new year opens a window.
Will I find and cherish all I hope for?
Can I be all I could?…
questions drawn into the mind
reflections on things to come.
A candle flickers here on earth
Imbolc awaits her turn
shifting us into the light of Spring.
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