Solstice Song


Its music finds a way to seep into my soul, whether I am surrounded by the concrete spires of a city or enveloped by the scent of fresh cut pine and balsam on a bonfire.

Tonight is no different.

It is a song composed on lines of moonlight and spaces of shadow, played on the strings woven around my spirit and connecting me to the land, the sea, the crisp night air and the fire in the stars. There is healing offered here, if I don’t refuse its call, if I am willing to stop and be still. I pull on my coat, succumbing to the melody.

A break in the clouds gives me the view I need and at once I become moon drunk—giddy, warm and immune to this solstice night’s chill. I drink in more of the moon’s wild brew, find the most passionate stars to affix to my tenderest places and help guide me back to the place where I find aspirations still untarnished by disappointments.

That is when I add to the song, delighting in the harmony between the moon and me. We sing until morning, when I rise, spent but knowing I shall grow stronger along with the newborn sun.  





This prose poetry piece was inspired by the picture at the Sunday Muse #35, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s SundayWriting Prompt, and the wordles at Sunday’s Whirligig #193 and the Sunday’s Whirl Wordle 383.


Song Choice: Music of the Night performed by Andre Rieu


Notes from the Real World: Even when I was a kid I've been drawn to the changing of the seasons. Being more of a warm weather person, you might think it'd be funny that I'd love the winter solstice, but I've always felt a little lift in my heart, knowing the longest night was behind me, and ahead of me was a new year. This year, I had the distinct delight of being part of a solstice gathering with a group of friends, and by the time the evening concluded I felt a lightening of my spirit that I hadn't felt in a long while.

40 comments:

  1. Beautifully written, and I love that you were able to celebrate the solstice with friends... what a blessing!

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    1. Thank you Reba. It was a lovely experience.

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  2. This is wild magic with words in it. I can see the Solstice stretching through the lines, the Moon coating all with her full bright, and the speaker celebrating the miracle of being. The last stanza is my favorite--there is so much power in accepting all what Nature can be.

    And yes, what Reba said!

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    1. Thanks, Magaly. It was a magical and inspiring evening.

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  3. Wow! That transported me right into a Urban Fantasy dream! Lovely!

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  4. This is gorgeous! Loved the way you lead into the music and make it something healing and wondrous. :)

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    1. Thanks C. I'm glad I was able to convey the healing aspect.

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  5. Wow, this is really lovely! I was a little moon drunk last night it was really gorgeous!

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    1. Some nights just lend themselves to getting moon drunk :)

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  6. Beautiful, Rommy! Winter solstice blessings to you and yours!

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  7. Beautifully written and quite inspiring. Mind you the rising sun in Australia at the moment is rather hot as it is summer so forgive me if I don't jump and run around with glee for a few months!

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    1. I heard Australian summers can be brutal. Good luck!

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  8. Beautiful feelings you conjured with your Solstice song...I struggle to understand how people fail to see the magic in this season*whatever their faith* XXX

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    1. There's so much magic to be found, if we just open our eyes and look.

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  9. I can't even begin to describe how gorgeous this poem is, Rommy!💞 Especially love this part:

    'It is a song composed on lines of moonlight and spaces of shadow, played on the strings woven around my spirit and connecting me to the land, the sea, the crisp night air and the fire in the stars.'

    Belated happy winter solstice ❄💐 and wishing you a prosperous new year ahead!😊

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    1. Thanks Sanaa! May the year ahead be good for you too.

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  10. Merry Christmas Rommy and best wishes for the New Year.

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  11. There is a beautiful harmony indeed between you and the moon Rommy! Your love of nature is evident and truly shines here! I love this!

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    1. Thanks Carrie. I know the pull started quite a long time ago and I have learned the wisdom in honoring the call.

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  12. They celebrate winter and summer solstice at my father's megalithic park in Pennsylvania -- and though he's gone now, I still find space at the solstices to walk with him among the tall stones in moonlight, breathing in with the earth. Thanks for this wonderful inbreath and savor.

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    1. I believe I know the park you are talking about (I like in Bucks County PA). I really should make time to visit there. I've heard from several others that it is a beautiful place.

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  13. A wonderful piece in its own right, and in response to the picture. I was especially captivated by the third paragraph.. such lovely phrasing and choice of words.

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    1. Thanks Kerry. It was important to me I tied in something that connected to the elements in this piece.

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  14. There is nothing more important than the turns of solstice... a day when all returns again... from here it won't get darker which is a song in itself... music is the lack of darkness.

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    1. I've been enchanted by the turning of the year for as long as I could remember, even back when I was a Catholic schoolgirl. And my heart sang it's own private hymns then too.

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  15. the ending is fabulous Rommy, and the second to last paragraph - "a break in the clouds ..." is just most amazing. It really is the heart of this tidy prose/story - and it really just pivots so beautifully, with the setting up before and the ending that follows. And it's truly word beautiful. :D (the rest of the story is too, of course) -

    I like how you've danced and orchestrated a very personal tune/song here - it's filled with a melody that rises and balances, and dips and soars, on wings.

    Happy Greetings to you this season - and yes, we can already bring to appreciate the walk back towards light - it's no longer pitch for tar at 4:30 pm! So every slice of light - whether by blessed moon or blazing sun, is a warming welcome. Cheers!

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  16. Thanks Pat. I was fortunate to have that beautiful moment when inspiration struck. Happy it no longer feels like midnight at 4:30 pm to you too. 😁

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  17. So beautiful Rommy! My heart is smiling, knowing you felt a lightening of your spirit. Winter solstice blessings to you and yours. Big Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Stacy. I hope your holidays have been equally as wonderful. *Hugs*

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  18. Prose poetry at its best, Rommy. Your words blew me away, and the ‘concrete spires of a city’ reminded me of one of my favourite places. I fell in love with the lines:
    ‘It is a song composed on lines of moonlight and spaces of shadow, played on the strings woven around my spirit and connecting me to the land, the sea, the crisp night air and the fire in the stars.’
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    ‘That is when I add to the song, delighting in the harmony between the moon and me.’

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    1. Thank you for the high praise, Kim. I've loved moonlight in the city and the countryside. When something is as much of one's heart as the moon is to me, it's impossible to limit the ways it can be loved.

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  19. How beautiful and carefree to be "moon drunk". Gorgeous poem, Rommy!

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  20. How beautifully composed I especially loved "fire in the stars" and "moon drunk"

    MLMM

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