[PW] to my friends and colleagues at Project Wombat

GraceAnne DeCandido graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 16:54:51 PST 2016

Susan Cooper (Official Fan Page)
November 24, 2015
The Shortest Day

Below is Susan Cooper's poem "The Shortest Day," written originally for The
Christmas Revels in celebration of the winter solstice.

There is a version both printed and on the internet with a mistake in it,
so we are posting this to be sure that the many people who share this poem
have the right words and punctuation. Please use the poem for non-commercial
purposes, and follow copyright guidelines. You can direct permissions
questions to susancooper at thelostland.com. Thank you!


By Susan Cooper

Copyright Susan Cooper 1974

So the shortest day came, and the year died,

And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world

Came people singing, dancing,

To drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;

They hung their homes with evergreen,

They burned beseeching fires all night long

To keep the year alive.

And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake

They shouted, revelling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them

Echoing, behind us — listen!

All the long echoes sing the same delight

This shortest day

As promise wakens in the sleeping land.

They carol, feast, give thanks,

And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.

And so do we, here, now,

This year, and every year.

Welcome Yule!

*GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido in New York City
https://girasoleazzurra.com/ <https://girasoleazzurra.com/>*

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*Merry Holly to all*

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