Halfway! We made it halfway! The midpoint is here This very day marks The approach way to spring. We have endured winter’s worst The dark tunnel Of cold, grey isolation The frigid air That burns your cheeks And freezes your nose hairs The furnace running and running Dollar signs spinning As the oil tank empties Bravely, courageously We ventured deeper and deeper Into the quiet of winter But now – we have hit nadir We have touched bottom And look to begin An upward ascent We look toward the light The sun higher in the sky The days lengthening The seeds of hope and life Arriving in the mail Knowing Faith in the future Planning gardens Getting ready We have made it halfway! Was there life, happiness On our journey inward? Did we allow quiet and dark To nest within us? Did we hear The groanings of the earth As she rested and healed? Did we enter the dark, Allow it to be? Did we claim our own darkness Stay with it, accept it As it transformed us? Did we, in the quiet, allowed all our parts To join, heal and be made whole? As we look to spring Can we embrace winter As we release it? Feel the quiet Find peace, not fear in the dark Wrap ourselves in a blanket Of love Knowing we are loved. Can we, in faith Find peace as we release fear? Delight touches our souls As the days lengthen The sun shines warmer Melting our darkness Are we ready to fully re-enter life Spring life Full of resurrection Green sprouts, Budding trees, gurgling brooks Melting snow Creating water for new growth? Rest now – Welcome these remaining days of quiet As we ready For new life once again! Happy Imbolc*!
*Imbolc is celebrated on the Celtic Calendar on February 1st. It marks the time when the Earth begins to awaken and things start to grow as we move toward the light half of the year.