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.
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