***I woke up to quite a surprise this morning. My poetry collection, River Ghosts, is Black Bough Poetry’s December Book of the Month. This is such an honor, and I am beyond thrilled! Black Bough, Matthew MC Smith, and his @TopTweetTuesday have done so much for the poetry community and pushed me to become a better poet. Sarah Connor, whose poetry I have admired very much for years, wrote a very perceptive and lovely review. You can read it here. ***
Monday Morning Musings:
Winter Warmth and Winter Light
“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.”
–from “The Shortest Day” by Susan Cooper
Dawn comes late and dusk is early,
the sky is grey, the clouds are surly,
the wind deep-sighs, the squirrels all scurry
to gather nuts in a hurry–
brown leaves rustle, and the weak sun gleams
creating jewels on boughs and streams
glittering rubies anointing the dead, nothing seems
as it was—because the dark enfolds light’s beams
and our dreams that change with passing time
of revolving spheres and the bells that chime–
and so, we don bold red and sparkle bright,
we sing and dance, to spite long night.
Soon the shortest day will come—again—
and then, and then—as we wonder if or when
we’ll feel warmth, see light, a crocus rises from the snow
and soon spring breezes in, and winter must go.
We went to a wedding this past weekend. It was the wedding of the daughter of friends of many years. This is the first event we’ve been to since the pandemic. It was fun to dress up and celebrate with our friends.
Much to celebrate here. Cheers to being published, recognized, friends, relationships, and the approaching solstice.
Thank you, Frank.
Yes, you are so right–much to celebrate!😊
Thank you! 😊
First of all…. what a fantabulous review and congratulations on a well-deserved honour.
I loved this week’s Musings, lovely flow and rhythm.
Thank you so much, my friend! 💙
Pleasure is mine! 🧡
Congratulations on book of the month!
Thank you very much! 😊
Congratulations on the stellar review and book of the month at Black Bough!!
Thank you so much, Liz! I’m beyond thrilled!
You’re welcome, Merril!
Exciting news, Merril! How wonderful to be validated by peers. I am so happy for you.
Thank you very much, Rebecca! 💙
Congratulations on the honour and the review. Beautiful verses today and lovely photography. Your husband looks as if he must have stayed well – lovely shits of you together.
Thank you very much, Derrick! It is quite a wonderful and unexpected honor.
Yes, whatever he had came on suddenly and then only lasted a couple days.
I’m thinking there’s a typo in your comment. 😏
I had to go back and look at that. You both must have had a good laugh 🙂
Merril, congratulations on River Ghosts, being Black Bough Poetry’s December Book of the Month.
Lovely musings of winter and its passing.
How great that you got to go to a happy party!
Thank you so much, Resa! 💙💙
A wonderful, thoughtful and intellectually written review.
The reviewer is quite well versed.
Thank you so much, Resa. I was so thrilled by Sarah’s perceptive review.
Congratulations, Merril! That’s wonderful news! Thanks for sharing the photos from the wedding. I enjoyed all of the smiling faces!
Thank you so much, Jill!
That news made my day!
And the wedding–mostly getting together with friends– was so much fun.
Congratulations. Well deserved. !!!
Thank you very much, Claudia! 💙
1. I like your RED lipstick and nails. Smiles too.
2.Your poetry is always rhythmic, but here it rhymes too.
3. CONGRATULATIONS on the award. Sarah Connor’s review is sensational!
Thank you very much, Marian! 💙
It’s so funny, but when I put up the post, I thought, Marian will like the red nails. 😄 (They are cheap, press-on nails–now gone.)
Sometimes I feel the need for rhyme.
I was stunned by the honor of being Black Bough’s December Book of the Month and Sarah’s review.
Oh Merril, this is awesome, and so well deserved. Congratulations 🍃🌺🍃
Thank you so much, Rene! ❤️❤️
Just sayin’ the truth 😊🤗❤️
Hurrahs all round! Such a warming post Merril. Light and warmth to you x
Thank you so much! 😊
Wonderful news and most deserved, Merril! 🤗
Thank you very much, Ingrid! 😊