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 winner

The world is full of contradictions
At least it seems at first
But when you peel away the onion
We all share the same thirst

Peace on Earth to All Good People
Those who Pray for Peace
Those who still believe in magic (Love)
Blessed are those who help The Least

Crown Bouquet

The Crown Bouquet
There is a special place
In heaven for those who love
Their eyes are wide open
To the beauty below and above

There is a special place
In hell for those who hate
Their eyes are closed shut
The dark abyss their fate

Get yourself a Crown Bouquet
Love thy neighbor
And soon you'll experience
What the word human is for

Copper

Now you've really gone done it
Keeping my Fall Color Dream alive
Here its almost Christmas
Yet you still survive

You know I'll take it
I'm a kid in disguise
Stay young forever
With eyes opened wide

A rich coppery red
Your color astounds
I'll try to explain it
Very earthy like ground

Red Star Solstice

It's a Red Star Solstice
High atop the Tannenbaum
The earth revolves slowly
A new orbit around

It's nature's way
To end the year
End one cycle now
With Holiday Cheer

A new Star
A new point of view
I'm seeing Winter differently
Than I used to

My eyes are wide open
I'm out on the prowl
With my camera
I might see an owl!

I don't take for granted
My time here on earth
Instead I will celebrate
Each day's great worth



The Solstice Holy Grail

Something profound
Happened this Fall
Caught by surprise
I heard something call

It must be our time
Here on Green Earth
Our days are so numbered
Until our rebirth

This ain't no religion
I'm here to say
Don't live for tomorrow
Live for today

Take in the beauty
Hear the sweet sounds
Play your piano
While you're still around

This Autumn
The colored leaves said to me
Climb that big hill
Ford that cold stream

Now comes the Solstice
And I'm feeling alive
I used to think Winter
Was a time for dying

Just yesterday
I saw new plants growing
Many are sleeping
Soon seeds will be sewing

I saw a bird
Wintering nearby
He flew here from Canada
Where Winter is Wild

What we think is Winter
Is mild for some birds
To them its not chilly
That seems absurd

With Fall crossed to Winter
I'm starting to see
How each day in life
Is a fun mystery

Grab your camera
Get on the trail
Search out new beauty
Your Holy Grail

Nothing is perfect
Nor lasts forever
Search out new scenes
Find something clever

Seasons go fast
Better take care
To capture their beauty
Until they're not there

Satellite Constellation

It's warmth and beauty
Like a Satellite Constellation
Surrounds me
Comforts me

Just yards from my bed
The Smoke Tree
Has sugar plum foliage
Dancing in my head

Five leaf pedal power
Color clusters
Bathe mine eyes
Like a bed of spring flowers

More Tales From The Smoke Tree

Some entity
Is trying to keep me happy
Maybe that entity
Is the Smoke Tree

A fascinating species
Cousin of the Sumac
Sumacs from my youth
This memory takes me back

Newton, New Jersey
Youthful days in the woods
Next to our house
In our neighborhood

We used sumac branches
As swords
With garbage can lids
As shields for Kings and Lords

3000 miles away
Also near Route 80
Funny how a highway
Defines me

But I digress
Isn't it funny
What a tree can do
When I reminisce

Winter Solstice Sun

The days are short
Casting the longest shadows
The true end of the year
New Years Eve is almost here

One cycle ends
The next begins
It may only be Winter
But soon Spring will be here

The Solstice Sun
More intropective
A special light
Against long nights

I used to count days
Looking ahead
With all these years
Now each day is dear

Raise your glass
Live in the day
Each day good cheer
Every day of the year