In another time,
But this place, this Earth,
The nations came together
And there were still nations,
With borders to cross,
And there were languages,
Not understood by others,
Different food and customs,
Religions and beliefs.
But the people learned
From one another,
Ate each other’s food,
Enjoyed their differences,
As beautiful and just.
Unity and Peace
Let us hope, on this dark
That just as surely
As the sun will rise
Tomorrow and shine
Warmer each day through
The Winter months to come,
Peace will also grow
To shine long and full
Over our hemisphere
By Midsummer Day.
Peace to All
The Longest Night
This shortest day of Earth’s rotating year
All come together for the longest night.
The people gather with those they hold dear,
They chant and sing and dance with ancient rite.
Wild animals, their habits longtime bred,
Sleep snug in dens, to other lands migrate,
To keep them warm as cold times lie ahead,
And even humans stay in warm beds late.
And as the melodies now twine their way
Through voices that in harmony unite,
And otherworldly voices soon draw near,
May we pay heed and welcome the New Year.
And may we all observe, in our own way,
As this, the longest night, soon turns to day.
The poets wish all a joyful and peaceful beginning to our hemisphere's New Year! Happy Winter Solstice!