Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness

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Every year we have been witness to it: how the world descends into a rich mash, in order that it may resume. And therefore who would cry out

to the petals on the ground to stay, knowing, as we must, how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be? I don’t say it’s easy, but what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world be true? So let us go on

though the sun be swinging east, and the ponds be cold and black, and the sweets of the year be doomed.

(c) Mary Oliver

  • What are you witness to as darkness descends? Write a poem about exploring the changes you see about you.
  • How does winter affect your health, moods, energy? Write in your journal about the connection between this season of little light and your own inner light.
  • If you're reading this from the other side of the world, write about what it is to live with long-day light.