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A Sonnet for the Solstice Child

18 Jan

Oh shadow upon me, as a steel gate

Keeps a fountain frozen longing for spring; 

In darkness, with the light’s promise, I wait

for the rising sun on new mornings’ wings.

 

Seeds, beneath ice, reject deaths history

In a mind’s aging place of well tilled soil;

Hands, cold and crossed, holding joy’s poverty

In prayer, for passing summer’s last spoils.

 

Each day in lengthy dour to silver night, 

A child, my youth, an ember in my heart;

Awakens in warmth beyond blackened light,

To await creation’s surprising spark;

 

Welcoming the ‘morrow’s  guest to arrive,

With gate left unlocked, for the solstice child.

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31 responses to “A Sonnet for the Solstice Child

  1. Mary

    January 18, 2015 at 8:36 am

    You have outdone yourself in this one, ZQ. Excellent and meaningful sonnet.

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  2. jovisgoes

    January 18, 2015 at 8:43 am

    This is outstanding work. Thank you.

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  3. wolfsrosebud

    January 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

    what a neat setting you’ve given us here… loved the feel of it… very prayerfully done

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  4. brian miller

    January 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

    nicely done on the form…
    the awaiting creations spark is def the line that was my fav…

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  5. dsnake1

    January 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

    a beautiful sonnet, my friend.
    that’s a stunning first line. oh, the weight of longing (for lost youth?). 🙂

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  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    January 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    a wonderful sonnet.. the solstice child.. what a great image.

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  7. Sherry Blue Sky

    January 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    One of your very finest, my friend. I so love the gate left open for the solstice child.

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  8. scotthastiepoet

    January 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I agree with Sherry – just what I was going to say, ZQ – truly one of your finest – a very [owerful and yet tended and illuminating write – very touching and spoke to my soul – thank you… With Best Wishes Scott wwww.scotthastie.com

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  9. gillena

    January 18, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    the new day wooed with the hope of Spring’s warmth and freshness, a lovely sonnet indeed

    Have a nice Sunday

    much love…
    http://myblog-lunchbreak.blogspot.com/2015/01/1580.html

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  10. Susan

    January 18, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    How neat to bless the womb of that waiting seed–whatever it may be that keeps it warm and ready for the increase of the light!

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  11. Kim Nelson

    January 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Ohhh!!! LOVE this! Life and death and all that’s in-between. Those things we consider when winter-bound and of-an-age.

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  12. Gabriella

    January 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    A great sonnet, ZQ! A child holds so much promise.

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  13. Donna@Living From Happiness

    January 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Fabulous sonnet ZQ, as we ‘await creation’s surprising spark’ and the Solstice Child.

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  14. Loredana Donovan

    January 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Such beautiful imagery and meaning! 🙂

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  15. totomai

    January 18, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    a poem for the hopeful. thanks for this.

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  16. Hannah Gosselin

    January 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I love the play of light and cosmos – innocence and rebirth…an evocative piece indeed.

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  17. Grace

    January 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Admiring the sonnet specially: To await creation’s surprising spark ~

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  18. nan

    January 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Beautiful. I read and re-read these lines especially:

    A child, my youth, an ember in my heart;
    Awakens in warmth beyond blackened light,

    They are full of emotion. Great write.

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  19. Mama Zen

    January 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Absolutely lovely!

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  20. Poet Laundry

    January 18, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Wow, ZQ! Excellent.

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  21. Suyash_J

    January 19, 2015 at 2:14 am

    The solistice child is such lovely imagery

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  22. frederick anderson

    January 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

    I think that is the most evocative piece of poetry I have read in many, many years. Thank you.

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  23. frederick anderson

    January 19, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Reblogged this on Frederick Anderson and commented:
    From ZoralinQ’s blog, and very much my kind of poetry –

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  24. Cressida

    January 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    A beautiful spiritual sonnet.

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  25. Kerry O'Connor

    January 19, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I appreciate the time and art in the writing of a sonnet and this is a most beautiful piece. Each quatrain is finely-balanced and the couplet is so good. Loved it.

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  26. humbird

    January 19, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I love the ‘morning wings’, and anticipation of sunrise, amber in the heart; open gate can wait until we have what to say and uplift all others ~ neat sonnet, ZQ

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  27. jae rose

    January 20, 2015 at 5:56 am

    What a sense of reverence and tradition…totally captivating

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  28. glmeisner

    January 20, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Great poem, very captivating in the flow and meaning.

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  29. janakinagaraj

    January 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Always HOPE for the wonderful tomorrow…nice sonnet.

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  30. Locomente

    January 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Brilliant… Hope matters!

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  31. kelvin s.m.

    January 26, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Very interesting! I have enjoyed. the entire exchanging of words.

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