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Poetry Friday - Celebrating the Winter Solstice with Tabatha Yeatts's "In the Great Book of Winter"

December 21, 2012

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, winter, art

My husband, Jeff, carved this beautiful moon and village scene from a pattern he found this year. [photo ©Robyn Hood Black]

Happy Winter Solstice! My husband and son will actually be leading a winter solstice ceremony Friday evening at a friend’s farm. Should be interesting!

I was thrilled to participate in Tabatha’s “Winter Poem Swap” this month and doubly thrilled to be her swap partner. Her poetic gift to me is perfect to share as we welcome the slow return of light to a darkened world. (Her work is shared here with permission.)

In the Great Book of Winter

by Tabatha Yeatts

for Robyn

In the Great Book of Winter,
The vast gray pages
Are covered with steadfast brown branch words.
Black bird apostrophes swoop into place,
And snowflakes spiral down
To end sentences with chilly white periods.
Cardinals surprise with red question marks,
And squirrels skitter through with their
Exclamation mark tails.
Slowly, slowly,
The Moon turns the pages
Of the Great Book of Winter,
Reading til Spring.

©Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.

I love these delicious natural images – and on the Solstice today, I particularly love the Moon turning the pages.

Wishing you and yours love, light, and peace this holiday.

To turn more pages of light-filled poetry, visit Heidi, shining brightly today at My Juicy Little Universe .


  1. December 21, 2012 8:43 AM EST
    This is gorgeous! Love love LOVE those black bird apostrophes. So lovely, Tabatha, and Robyn, thanks for sharing!
    - Irene Latham
  2. December 21, 2012 8:56 AM EST
    Merry Christmas, Irene! Aren't those black bird apostrophes fantastic? :0)
    - Robyn Black
  3. December 21, 2012 9:32 AM EST
    So fun. I too love the swooping black bird apostrophes.
    Happy Solstice!
    - Liz
  4. December 21, 2012 11:24 AM EST
    You too, Liz! Thanks for swooping by.
    - Robyn Black
  5. December 21, 2012 11:46 AM EST
    The bird images in the shape of punctuation marks are neat. I especially like the part about the moon reading. Thank you for sharing another poem, Robyn and Tabatha.
    - Patricia Cruzan
  6. December 21, 2012 11:48 AM EST
    Thank you for visiting, Patricia - wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and inspiration in the new year!
    - Robyn Black
  7. December 21, 2012 12:36 PM EST
    Great winter colors (and how nice to include that moment of bright red with the grays, browns, blacks, and white.) Love all the punctuation in winter's book. Happy holidays to you, Robyn.
    - Buffy Silverman
  8. December 21, 2012 1:05 PM EST
    Thanks for sharing this, Robyn and Tabatha. I love all of the creatures in Tabatha's great book -- the cardinals and the squirrels zipping along.
    - Laura Shovan
  9. December 21, 2012 1:23 PM EST
    Buffy! It's SOOO great to have you joining in Poetry Friday. Thanks for visiting and for your kind words. Welcome & Happy Holidays! :0)

    Hi, Laura - Tabatha must know how much I adore any woodland creature. (My daughter once said I was like "Snow White" in that scene with the little animals all around... ;0) ) Happy Holidays to you and yours!
    - Robyn Black
  10. December 21, 2012 2:04 PM EST
    I love your husband's wooden moon scene! So many artists in your family! Thanks for posting my poem today.
    - Tabatha
  11. December 21, 2012 2:33 PM EST
    I think my favourite part is the Moon turning the pages...really enjoyed that!
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  12. December 21, 2012 2:58 PM EST
    This poem fills my head with images and motion. Thanks, Tabatha and Robyn!
    - Christine Clardy
  13. December 22, 2012 7:37 AM EST
    Oh, delicious, delicious! I am so fond of punctuation, but punctuation dressed up as winter wildlife--gosh I love this poem! Thank you for sharing Tabatha's clever, lovely piece, Robyn. I hope someone is sharing yours!
    - Heidi
  14. December 22, 2012 9:54 AM EST
    Oh! I love the mix of punctuation and nature. The black bird apostrophes are my favorite! Thanks for sharing this, Robyn, and for writing it, Tabatha. And, holy moly, Robyn--you and your husband are both so artistically talented!
    - laurasalas
  15. December 22, 2012 11:40 AM EST
    Thanks to all of you for coming by! Holiday busy-ness over here and company coming through the door soon, so sorry I've been out of pocket.

    Tabatha, thanks so much for allowing me to share your wonderful poem!

    Hi, Matt - I love that moon, too.

    Christine, thank you for visiting! I like the motion in the midst of what we think of as stillness in winter - lovely, isn't it?

    Heidi - Thanks again for hosting - not surprised you love Tabatha's poem!

    Hello, Laura - this poem reminds me a bit of your skywriting birds in BOOKSPEAK - I love both of them!!!
    - Robyn Black
  16. December 22, 2012 11:53 AM EST
    What a lovely poem by Tabatha! I shall remember the words "the Great Book of Winter" as we go through the gray days. What a wonderful image to remind us that we are turning pages and will reach the end of the darkness.
    - Joyce Ray
  17. December 22, 2012 4:57 PM EST
    LOVE the carved moon...and the idea of the Moon reading the Great Book of Winter! Lovely!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  18. December 22, 2012 9:28 PM EST
    Joyce, thanks for coming by! That phrase will accompany me this winter, too....

    Hi, Mary Lee - I'll pass along your kind words to the carver. Glad you loved Tabatha's poetic Moon, too!
    - Robyn Black
  19. December 23, 2012 8:24 PM EST
    What a fabulous poem! It reminds me of the song "The Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel (here if you're interested:
    - Violet n.
  20. December 23, 2012 10:16 PM EST
    Violet, thanks for visiting - and for reminding me of Peter Gabriel, whose music I love. Happy Holidays!
    - Robyn Black

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