Annick Yerem is doing a lovely advent project of seasonal poems written by one poet and then read by another poet.
Here is a link to my poem, “We find the light again and again,” read by Mo Schoenfeld.
Here is the text of the poem. I’m sharing this with dVerse Open Link Night.
We Find the Light Again and Again
And now—the winter darkness comes,
the sun a sleepy golden cat, rises on arthritic limbs
to light the birds on leafless boughs and make the holly berries gleam,
before he settles back to nap in grey blankets, glimmering.
And now—we see the nests above,
the treasures hidden by summer’s verdant leaves,
where sparrows chatter and squirrels scatter, sprinting
around decorations and frosted evergreens.
And now–we touch match to candles, watch
as an octave burns–-commemoration of miracles,
of how love endures despite the odds, as hot oil splatters
we eat and drink while shadows around us gather,
but the flames like small stars twinkle,
the sleepy cat purrs goodnight—
soon the days will lengthen and grow brighter
and now– in the flickering glow, we toast, “to life!”
–Merril D. Smith
I enjoyed the reading, Merril.
I thought she did a lovely job, too, Ken. Thank you for listening.
this is gorgeous Merril. I just had a listen. Cheers to your poem and life! ❣️
Thank you so much, Cindy! ❤️
You’re so welcome Merril! ❣️
I enjoyed Mo’s reading of your life-affirming poem.
Thank you, Liz. I thought she did an excellent reading.
You’re welcome, Merril.
Wonderful Merril. (K)
Thank you, Kerfe!
Merril! 😊 what a lovely idea!
I thought so, too, Ingrid. Thank you!
A well-read treat, indeed
Thank you, Derrick!
To life, finely aglow. Amen Merrill.
Thank you, Brendan. The magic of the light in December.
This is such an incredibly gorgeous poem, Merril! Wow! 😍 I enjoyed the reading too! 💘💘
Thank you, Sanaa. It’s such a lovely project.
I did a reading of someone else’s poem (Ricky assisted.) 😊
I enjoyed this so much, and that image of a cat is so great.
Thank you so much, Björn!
Thank you for hosting!
This was such a great poem, Merril. The middle stanza especially pertinent for this time of year. It was great hearing you read this today.
Thank you very much, Dwight. I’m pleased you enjoyed it. 🙂
The rhythm of this is so good, really begs to be read aloud, and I loved the imagery of a sleepy golden cat. Enjoyed the link and the read! 💝
Thank you so much, Tricia. 💙
It’s such a lovely project.
Thank you! 💙
Wonderful and heartwarming, Merril! 💙
Thank you so much, Punam!