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Winter Solstice 2018

December 22, 2018
Contrary to wanting to sit in stillness, I find myself rushing to post today’s writing.  My goal is to post this before the last rays of this short day recede beyond the horizon. Today, here in Ocean Shores, the sun will shine for only 8 hours and 25 seconds.
Winter Solstice this year comes with the promise of a full moon, and a meteor shower later tonight.  But best of all is that, here at the coast, we have clear skies with a few billowy clouds and no light pollution.
Winter Solstice is an invitation to slow down.  It is an invitation to listen, to be attentive, to savor what little light comes our way.  Winter Solstice is glancing out the window and admiring the Winter Trees.
Winter Solstice is bundling up and taking a brisk walk. Winter Solstice is a bright burning fire in the wood stove and a cup of hot tea.
I am including a poem, Winter Trees, by William Carlos Williams, as well as an anonymous poem, followed by some of my favorite winter solstice photos I’ve taken over the years.

Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.


From the reaches of the north,
a place of cold blue beauty,
comes to us the first winter storm.
Wind whipping, flakes flying,
the snow has fallen upon the earth,
keeping us close,
keeping us together,
wrapped up as everything sleeps
beneath a blanket of white.



Winter’s Heavenly Glide

February 1, 2016

In the memoir, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses, author Claire Dederer talks about my love of the seasons and how I tend to weave a seasonal theme into my yoga classes.  Claire Dederer took yoga classes with me some years ago and I am delighted to be embedded in her memoir.  If you haven’t read the book, it is a good read.  The author is absolutely correct when she says seasonal themes are a part of my classes.  We humans are like trees, taking a rest during the shorter days of winter and coming into fullness on fine summer days.  Seasons and weather affect us, on and off the mat.  Apparently, seasons also make their way into my blog writing.

I went cross-country skiing yesterday with Bev and Bob and was mesmerized by the winter scenery around me.  I glided across the trails and felt overwhelmed by the beauty of my environment. I felt a deep appreciation for Washington state, one of the most varied and gorgeous of states.

Below you will find some inspiring winter poems and photos from yesterday’s day on the ski trails.  Readers, if you come across an inspirational winter poem, please share with me by including it in the comment section below!

The Trail

The Trail

Choices by Tess Gallagher
Suddenly, in every tree,
an unseen nest
where a mountain
would be.

Beautiful sky

Hints of blue sky

Lines: The Cold Earth Slept Below by Percy Shelley
The cold earth slept below;
Above the cold sky shone;

Meringue Snow

Meringue Snow

White-Eyes by Mary Oliver
In winter
all the singing is in
the tops of the trees

Trees grace the trail

Trees grace the trail

Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the dis-attiring are completed!

Perfect Winter Scene

Perfect Winter Scene

Information board is wearing a turban

Information board donning a white turban

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