A Winter Solstice Poem

Dear friends,

Today is December 21st, the winter solstice. It’s the darkest day of the year and for me, the most beautiful. Yes, there is deep beauty in darkness. There is wisdom there too. I have long associated with Persephone, the queen goddess who is cast into the underworld every autumn. For half the year, she stays underground, only to emerge in the spring bringing her warmth and bounty.

I believe that the underworld can be a place of learning and beauty. If we stop fighting the darkness, it will show us its teachings. P.S. Persephone is a poem I wrote recently from the perspective of my favorite queen goddess. I hope you enjoy it.
Julie


P.S. Persephone

You know my story.
Abducted to the underworld,
offered pomegranate seeds. Yes,
I ate them. What else was I to do?

My mother, in her rage,
made soils barren, skies bleak.
My father tried to bring me back
but I only come spring through fall.

People talk about us.
My parents, my abduction,
me as innocent pawn.
But they forget:

I am the power.
I alone bring Spring.
My return from the dark
brings the fruit.

Truth?
I love going dark and cold.
When I’m there,
I don’t miss the sun.

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juliebarton

I'm a writer and mom living in Northern California, author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

7 thoughts on “A Winter Solstice Poem

  1. I loved the poem. It reminds me of my love for wild and wooly days. The wilder the better. Symbolically, I feel I’m wrapping myself with a blanket and have permission to forget the world and live in the comfort of my space. Love is a nice winter storm, with a wood stove at my back reading the seed catalogues and planning for spring. I’m in my cocoon protected from the world and planning for the bounty of spring and summer. Just heavenly!

  2. I got goosebumps reading it, especially with:
    “I am the power.
    I alone bring Spring.
    My return from the dark
    brings the fruit.”

    Just beautiful, Julie.
    Thank you.

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