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Inspiring Yuletide Poem – The Shortest Day

Inspiring Yuletide Poem – The Shortest Day

The Winter Solstice is nearly here, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. For centuries out of time, people have celebrated this sacred festival of earth and sun, a special day shared by all inhabitants of this planet, no matter what other spiritual or religious beliefs may divide us.

Here is a powerful poem by author Susan Cooper that reminds us of the beauty of the Yuletide season. May it bring a bit of joy and hope to all our hearts. Read the poem here:

The Shortest Day
By Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:49PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011


6:36PM PDT on May 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:57AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Lovely poem thankyou :D
Heres one i wrote and then filmed to celebrate Odins part in Yuletide

bright blessings *

4:59AM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

lovely! thank you!

3:54PM PST on Jan 3, 2010

Susan Cooper is one of my favourite authors. How neat that she wrote this!

2:20PM PST on Jan 3, 2010

So beautiful!

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