Shades of November

High above the telegraph wireA Winter Moon that does inspireFamiliar, and as I rememberI saw the same thing in NovemberI never liked JanuaryIt always seemed bleak to meBut now I’ve opened my eyesTo this beautiful new surpriseEvery month has it’s gemsJust look round the bendTake your camera and lookRound every cranny and nook

First New Moon Rising

The first new moon is hereRinging in the New YearWhat new things lie ahead?What new ground we’ll tread?Pumpkin moon a good luck signWineries prepare their vinesMother Earth’s RegenerationSoon a planting celebrationThis old world a spinning wheel Be kind to Earth so it will healSee the new moon risingOver the eastern horizon

Subtle Winter Scene

In between the vineyard vinesThere is mustard popping upBrilliant yellow carpet greenMy very favorite Winter SceneSome may say there is no WinterIn Northern CaliforniaI know that’s just not trueSnowy mountains are my proofIn the valleys near the coastWinters subtle but its thereCreeks are running grass is greenIts such a lovely Winter Scene

NORCAL Secrets

The secret to Northern CaliforniaIs the off seasonWhen things are quietAnd also within reasonJanuary and February In Wine CountryTakes some imaginationSome creativityWe go to Napa and Sonoma During Winter timeIt’s never crowdedWe savor the Wine

Silent Night, Holy Night

Dar Williams sung about A Yule Tide Winter Solstice Dinner”The Christians and The Pagans”Its a great song, a real winnerThe world is full of contradictionsAt least it seems at firstBut when you peel away the onionWe all share the same thirstPeace on Earth to All Good PeopleThose who Pray for PeaceThose who still believe in magic (Love)Blessed are those who help The Least

Copper

Now you’ve really gone done itKeeping my Fall Color Dream aliveHere its almost ChristmasYet you still surviveYou know I’ll take itI’m a kid in disguiseStay young foreverWith eyes opened wideA rich coppery redYour color astoundsI’ll try to explain itVery earthy like ground

Red Star Solstice

It’s a Red Star SolsticeHigh atop the TannenbaumThe earth revolves slowlyA new orbit aroundIt’s nature’s wayTo end the yearEnd one cycle nowWith Holiday CheerA new Star A new point of viewI’m seeing Winter differentlyThan I used toMy eyes are wide openI’m out on the prowlWith my cameraI might see an owl!I don’t take for grantedMy time here on earthInstead I will celebrateEach day’s great…

The Solstice Holy Grail

Something profoundHappened this FallCaught by surpriseI heard something callIt must be our timeHere on Green EarthOur days are so numberedUntil our rebirthThis ain’t no religionI’m here to sayDon’t live for tomorrowLive for todayTake in the beautyHear the sweet soundsPlay your pianoWhile you’re still aroundThis AutumnThe colored leaves said to meClimb that big hill Ford that cold streamNow comes the SolsticeAnd I’m feeling aliveI used…

Winter Solstice Sun

The days are shortCasting the longest shadowsThe true end of the yearNew Years Eve is almost hereOne cycle ends The next beginsIt may only be WinterBut soon Spring will be hereThe Solstice SunMore intropectiveA special lightAgainst long nightsI used to count daysLooking aheadWith all these yearsNow each day is dearRaise your glassLive in the dayEach day good cheerEvery day of the year

The Golden Carpet

It never gets oldIn WinterOur garden carpetIs a bright yellow-goldThe lazy long shadowsIlluminate the leavesShowing off colorThat’s hard to believeThe Golden hills of SummerDried hills of grass Can’t quite competeWith Winters Repast