In the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conneticut, Spirit was speaking strongly to me. The following poem was written then. Six years later, to the day, my dear friend’s brother was killed – murdered – in an act of violence with a gun. In the week since, Spirit has again been speaking to me, helping me to navigate the myriad of emotions that have surfaced while bearing witness to my friend’s anger and devasating grief.
In the pre-dawn hours this morning, I remembered what I wrote in 2012, which honestly feels like decades ago, on a blog long abandoned, and was called to publish it again. It is a call to hope and a call to action during dark times on the darkest day of the year.
On the Winter Solstice
In the dark waiting womb
there is a quiet rhythm,
the sound of intention unmanifest.
It will become with a wail.
To call the first tendril of pink
from beyond the horizon,
a feathered minstrel lifts its head
and trills its morning anthem.
Do not sit silent in the growing darkness.
The universe was not born in a flash but a bang,
the resonance of the heart of the Divine,
speaking its name into all of creation.
Invite the sun with song,
be it frenzied drumbeats,
melodious carols, quiet lullabies
or the echoing sound of om.
All songs are one song,
as all hearts are one heart.
Sing your Divine name
into the creation of a new age.
And when, in the deepest darkness,
your song fades to stillness,
a collective pause for breath,
listen. Listen for the waiting refrain.
Listen for the muted pulse of love.
Listen for the hushed jingle of peace.
Then take up their song, your song,
and roar them into being.
(c) Debbie Philp 2012
As we step over the threshold from autumn to winter, from darkness to light, from violence and hatred into the blank slate of a new day, I wish you peace and love. Sing their song with all of your heart. Pass it on.