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





17 thoughts on “Let there be light!

  1. my class is researching current poets and we ran across your name….but we cannot find your birth date, your first published book/poem, and what is your latest published work. We would appreciate any help you can give us. Thank you. M Sullivan and my third grade Venture class 🙂

  2. Buffy, Welcome to the blogosphere! I’m reading this late, but your Chanukah poem is lovely and captures the magic of the lit candles very well. I love “drizzle-drip” and “sputter-spill.” Hope to see more of you on Poetry Fridays.

  3. Happy to see your blog, Buffy! Lovely poem full of fantastic verbs, especially. Made me feel like I was there, with delicious grease and wax on my hands. Merry 2013–may it bring many writing adventures for you!

  4. Hi, Buffy–

    What a fine start! I leaped and drifted with the smells and the playing with wax is a really capturing detail. Liked how you built on the rhythm without going to the rhyme, too. Thanks for participating in the Solstice edition of PF!

  5. Hi Buffy,
    It’s so great to see you at Poetry Friday. I love the fingers toying with melted wax, the drizzle-drips and sputter-spill. At our house playing with the wax is part of every candle lighting event.
    I look forward to reading more of your posts in the New Year.

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