Monthly Archives: December 2012

Let there be light!

Welcome to my brand-spanking new blog!  I plan to share poetry books that inspire me and a few poems of my own.  Perhaps I’ll also write about what’s happening in my backyard, as the natural world often worms into my writing.

This post was prompted by Heidi Mordhorst’s invitation to write a winter solstice poem for her celebration today on Poetry Friday.  I had given myself a goal of starting a blog in 2013, so I’m grateful that Heidi gave me the impetus to start early.

The dark days of winter mean Chanukah for my family.  This year the holiday was early and Chanukah has come and gone.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t light some cyber-candles and enjoy the holiday again:

Colored Candles

Frying latkes
sizzle, pop with
pungent smells that
leap and drift
menorah_for_blog  from
iron skillet,
cloud the kitchen
waft through halls and
draw us in.

In the window
colored candles
dance and flicker
flame and glow,
drive away the
frozen darkness,
keep the moonless
night at bay.

Voices join to
sing of wonder,
fingers toy with
melting wax;
drizzle-drips that
sputter-spill as
candles shrink and
spirits soar.

–Buffy Silverman, all rights reserved