A Winter Poem and A Pink Hat

20 Jan

A good friend sent me this poem and I am delighted to share it with you. Thank you, L. There is something very special about winter evenings when we can literally snuggle against the cold and seek shelter in the wrap of winter as our souls seeks solace.  It makes me think too of how lucky those of us with this privilege are.

Winter’s Cloak by Joyce Rupp

This year I do not want
the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap
of silent stillness,
its cloak
of long lasting embrace.
Too much light
has pulled me away
from the chamber
of gestation.

Let the dawns
come late,
let the sunsets
arrive early,
let the evenings
extend themselves
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.

Let me lie in the cave
of my soul,
for too much light
blinds me,
steals the source
of revelation.

Let me seek solace
in the empty places
of winter’s passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.

I have spent the evening knitting – this time for myself. I have made a hat in pink! Tomorrow we are joining in solidarity and in support of the *non-partisan* women’s march occurring in Washington D.C. and other cities, in a march being organised in Cornwall on St Austell’s beach at East Portholland Saturday January 21st. We will gather on the beach from 4pm – 5pm in solidarity.

The following words from the official Women’s March on Washington’s “Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles” explain further.

The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds in our nation’s capital on January 21, 2017, to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ll let you know how it goes. Before that gathering on the beach in St Austell we will be at the Rally in Truro to show support for our NHS.

Here is my hat!     #pussyhat project and its pink visual statement of resistance and solidarity,dscn9349 dscn9347


Posted by on January 20, 2017 in America, Beauty, knitting, poetry, postaday2017


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8 responses to “A Winter Poem and A Pink Hat

  1. maureenjenner

    January 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Bravo! and again – Bravo.

  2. Mama Cormier

    January 21, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Love it. I should check out and see if there are any marches here in Toronto.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 21, 2017 at 5:37 am

      I hope you find one. They are happening all over the world! 🙂

  3. Susan L.

    January 21, 2017 at 12:17 am

    You’re adorable. Inside and out.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 21, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Thank you! 🙂

    • saymber

      January 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      I was thinking the same thing!! I’m so grateful for this bright spot in the abyss that is the internet that I can come to and see beauty and reasons to smile. Thank you so much for that gift.

      • mybeautfulthings

        January 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        You are both so lovely! Comments like that make it all worthwhile. Love to you X x🙂


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