Poetry Friday, Week 49: A Cento for Solstice and a Call for the New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange
Cathy at Merely Day by Day is hosting us and thanking the Poetry Friday community. So glad you are in the community, Cathy.
Molly Hogan of The Inklings, suggested for the December challenge, that we try the cento poem/patchwork poem.
# PoetryPals the December challenge is to write a poem about bells.
After reading MaryLee's cento last week and Carol Varsolana's cento this week, I am jumping in with one about winter's arrival.
Did you know that the CENTO is an historic poetic form, relying entirely on other poets’ published words? According to Linda Black, Ausonius (c310 – c395) was the Roman originator of the form.
For mine, I researched poems about the winter solstice.
When the short day is brightest, with frost and fire
which burns the spark of luminous goodness
when I stare at paper or into silences
the dark, too, blooms and sings,
The world appears very large, very round now
extending far as the moon
A quiet light, and then not even that.
all the singing is in the tops of the trees
which shook in the wind of night
to drive the dark away
One winter I lived north, alone
©jone rush macculloch, 2021
Sources for One Solstice:
LITTLE GIDDING BY T.S. ELIOT
A WINTER SOLSTICE PRAYER BY EDWARD HAYS
SNOW BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
TO KNOW THE DARK BY WENDELL BERRY
WINTER SOLSTICE BY HILDA MORLEY
AN OLD MAN’S WINTER NIGHT BY ROBERT FROST
WHITE-EYES BY MARY OLIVER
THE COLD EARTH SLEPT BELOW BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
THE SHORTEST DAY BY SUSAN COOPER
THE WORLD BY JENNIFER CHANG
2022 New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange
Won't you join us? We have about 10 at the party so far and there's room for more. Sign up for the 2022 New Year Postcard Exchange. Send five, send ten or send to all.
Did you know there are 22 days until 2021 ends? Woohoo! Let's celebrate the New Year with a New Year Postcard? In Japan, it’s called Nengajo, a Japanese custom of ushering in the new year.
How It Works:
A shout out to this book, HOP TO IT edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell has won the Kids' Book Choice Awards.
I love this book.
Next week, the Poetry Friday Party is here! I'm hosting. Bring your bells and centos and winter solstice greetings!
12/10/2021 10:52:44 am
Jone, I am enjoying reading the centos.Your blending of selected lines worked out very well. These lines are full of imagery for me. A quiet light, and then not even that./all the singing is in the tops of the trees/which shook in the wind of night/to drive the dark away
12/10/2021 03:47:56 pm
Thanks for your cento 'gather', Jone, just in time for us to prepare for that magical night of the solstice. From so many marvelous poets, it must have been tough to choose a line. I love the ending!
12/10/2021 06:51:46 pm
Your solstice poem fits together handsomely Jone, I liked visiting the poems they came from too, especially Mary Oliver's and Wendell Berry's. Thanks for the update on the Poetry Sister's prompt and for sharing the fun pic of "HOP TO IT!"
12/11/2021 03:48:15 am
Your cento is the perfect memento of winter solstice. :)
12/11/2021 04:35:32 am
Lovely, Jone! You wove those lines perfectly!
12/11/2021 04:44:13 am
oooooh, I love, love, love this line: "the dark, too, blooms and sings,"
12/11/2021 03:12:51 pm
You have chosen your winter fragments wisely, Jone. They capture a true sense of the season. I particularly found resonance in -'A quiet light, and then not even that.
12/12/2021 03:59:18 am
Jone, this is fabulous. I love the way you found lines with opposing elements, like silence and sound. And yet they all work together with a cohesive voice. This is the best kind of cento--I love it on its own, AND it makes me want to read the source poems because the language/imagery is so wonderful. Rich, but accessible. Well done, you!
12/12/2021 01:53:19 pm
A solstice cento! Be still, my leaping heart! Thank you, Jone--my family's celebration is 12 Days of Yuletide, commencing on the Solstice, and this is such a great resource for me. You built it beautifully.
12/16/2021 12:12:23 am
Jone, thanks for mentioning me. I reread you cento poem that inspired me to write a new one on the Winter Solstice.
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