S:t Lucy’s lights

We huddled in the December darkness
when from far away a gentle song
ripped apart the wintry moody starkness,
we raised in chorus, sang along
and with our song came candles, light
to fill the voids that sunlight left
erased the shadows, did what’s right
to leave us joyful, sated, less bereft
when days are shortest Lucy came
to leave with us her hope and flames.

Saint Lucy
Benvenuto Tisi

Today is not yet the longest night of the year, but the 13th of December is the day of Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia) which is one of the few days of saints we still celebrate in Sweden so many hundred years after the reformation. Sarah prompts us at dVerse to write about the light and the day and I thought about how much this day still means in so many places with Lucia’s of all ages singing at schools, workplaces, and homes for the elderly.

December 13, 2022

21 responses to “S:t Lucy’s lights

  1. Thank you for sharing such a lovely video, Bjorn. I like your poem very much – it’s so simple and direct, and there’s a real beauty in that. I like the way the “gentle” song just breaks apart the darkness. We all need a little of that at the moment, whichever solstice we are approaching.

  2. This is exquisitely drawn, Bjorn! I love the crisp and succinct tone of this poem and the image; “a gentle song ripped apart the wintry moody starkness.” ❤️❤️

  3. I enjoyed both video and poem, Björn, especially the oxymoron ‘from far away a gentle song ripped apart the wintry moody starkness’ and the way you made the song crescendo. My sister was born 13th December; maybe she should have been called Lucy instead of Carol, as she is a constant light in my life, as opposed to the other sister who is the embodiment of darkness.

  4. Thank you for sharing your memories of that authentic celebration Björn. It wasn’t until adulthood, that I became aware of Saint Lucy. Fascinating… 👍🏼🙂✌🏼🕊

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