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Visual Meditation: Crystalline Darkness, Glittering Stillness

Winter Solstice

(Two Poems by Rebecca Parker)

for a moment…
the wheels stop rolling,
the computers desist from computing,
and a hush will fall over the city.
For an instant, in the stillness,
the chiming of celestial spheres will be heard
as earth hangs poised
in the crystalline darkness, and then

Let there be a season
when holiness is heard, and
the splendor of living is revealed.
Stunned to stillness by beauty
we remember who we are and why we are here.
There are inexplicable mysteries.

We are not alone.
In the universe there moves a Wild One
whose gestures alter earth’s axis
toward love.

In the immense darkness
everything spins with joy.
The cosmos enfolds us.
We are caught in a web of stars,
cradled in a swaying embrace,
rocked by the holy night,
babes of the universe.
Let this be the time
we wake to life,
like spring wakes in the moment
of winter solstice.


this winter’s
of the year
let us go gently
— for once –
into the night,
its dream-drenched,
glittering stillness
a haven for our souls.

is something
beyond the dull
brightness of mid-day,
fluorescent and buzzing.
Something to praise
beyond the sun,
triumphing over the intricacies
of shadowed moonlight.

in the old,
beautiful realm
of Holy Night,
echoing with ancient voices,
rustling with intimacy’s passion,
luminous with stars.

Cradled in darkness,
be restored to the embrace of mystery.

Glory wakes here.

Let it kindle
your joy.


Both poems by Dr. Rebecca Parker

-All Photos by Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts (taken around Capitol Hill, Seattle  this morning)

(A bonus post today because of a Winter Solstice pilgrimage I took this morning following a night of heavy snow and then freezing rain.  For a reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Advent click here and to see more Winter Photos click here)

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8 Responses

  1. Oh! I love all your wintry images but especially love the bird on a wire, silhouetted against the sky. Thank you for all the ways you’ve pictured this season.

  2. The words are beautiful – thank you for the introduction to yet another wonderful poet. And the images! Sweetie, your photography just goes from strength to strength, these are stunning.

  3. I can just imagine you on your journey of exploration with camera in hand after the gift of snow. I have been more disciplined about remembering to put my camera in my coat pocket before I venture out on the dog walks. What an amazing world we live in! Beauty everywhere! Love, Rebecca