Sunday, December 19, 2010

Towards Solstice

Black willow reaches,
Longing  for the winter sun
And its cold pale fire.
Time and water freeze;
Stillness lies upon the land, 
Slow, the great wheel turns...

... and in French, courtesy Miss Yves ...

Noir, se tend le saule
Vers le soleil hivernal
Son feu froid et pâle.

Le temps et l'eau gèlent
Le calme s'étend sur terre
Lente, la roue tourne.
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26 comments:

Witch of Stitches said...

Lovely photos and words Vicki. Solstice blessings! XO

Alan Burnett said...

Perfectly said, perfectly matched

Louis said...

There is a Full Moon and also a full Lunar Eclipse on the Solstice this year! For Eastern time zone, partial eclipse on Dec 21, 1:33AM, full eclipse at 2:41. Hoping for clear skies here in Cosby.
Mary Anne Rudolph

jennyfreckles said...

You have such a skill - your word pictures and real pictures are so evocative.

Bouncin' Barb said...

So pretty Vicki.

Pat in east TN said...

Great winter pictures.

evalinn said...

That´s beautiful! And soon the days will get longer again.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

You really have a knack for putting words and pictures together Vicki.
Stay warm,
Sam

Brian Miller said...

there is some comfort on days when the wheel slows down...nice pics...

Liza said...

Slow, the great wheel turns...
Love that line.
Such pretty photos Vicki. Happy solstice to you!

Miss_Yves said...

Noir, se tend le saule
Vers le soleil hivernal
Son feu froid et pâle.

Le temps et l'eau gèlent
Le calme s'étend sur terre
Lente, la roue tourne.
.................................
Awesome picture of the frozen river !

Kath said...

Love the strong silent winter. You've captured that time to pace down into calm.
Kath

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

Vicki, you take such awesome pics!
Your words added make for a delightful read! We'll head to the mountain house Tuesday but may have to visit you or Kat to see snow! :) We do have a chance for flurries on Thursday though, keeping my fingers crossed!! XOXO

Elizabeth said...

The photo's and the words here make me feel the cold of winter all around my soul.

I glanced out my window while reading your post and saw a large doe between my oak trees which are bare to the bone of any foliage.

We have a lots of small acorns on the front lawn and the deer and blue jays seem to be loving it like a "Golden Corral" buffet.

Louise said...

Sigh, so beautiful, and chilly. Beautiful poem and pictures.

Star said...

Lovely. The countryside around your home is perfect for the winter solstice. Clever pictures.
Blessings, Star

Hélène GLEHEN said...

Love the first photo matching perfectly the words.

June said...

I see, objectively, that those images are beautiful, but, for me, the bleakness overwhelms their beauty.
Well composed, nonetheless. :-]

Vicki Lane said...

Solstice, Full Moon, and Eclipse all at one time! Magical! Here's hoping for clear skies -- and that I can stay awake...

Thanks you, Miss Yves, for the translation!

Yes, it's a bleak world out there much of the time just now -- I fine it good practice looking for the beauty or, at least, the interesting forms.

Suz said...

Oh I loved your haiku

How I wait for longer days..soon soon

Brenda said...

Perfectly captures the beauty and stillness of winter!

Friko said...

This time of year is magical, the fleetingness of it all only enhances it.
Lovely photos and tender words, Vicki

Canyon Girl said...

Your pictures took my breath away. Beautiful words to go with them.--Inger

Martin H. said...

I can feel the slow turning of the wheel, through this post. Very nice, Vicki.

Reader Wil said...

What a beautiful poem and great translation, Vicki!

Vagabonde said...

Beautiful – everything – the words, the pictures. C’est très beau!