12/22/20 Workshop – A Poem by Hilda Morley

Winter Solstice by Hilda Morley

 A cold night crosses

our path

The world appears

very large, very

round now       extending

far as the moon does

It is from

the moon this cold travels

It is

the light of the moon that causes

this night reflecting distance in its own

light so coldly

(from one side of

the earth to the other)

It is the length of this coldness

It is the long distance

between two points which are

not in a line        now

not a

straightness       (however

straight) but a curve only,

silver that is a rock reflecting

not metal

but a rock accepting


(a scream in silence

where between the two

points what touches

is a curve around the world

(the dance unmoving).

new york, 1969

Reflective writing prompt: Write about the light of the moon.


One thought on “12/22/20 Workshop – A Poem by Hilda Morley

  1. Charlie Head

    Reflective Writing 12/22/2020

    White hot light – yet so cold, blue and calm
    Thankful for its guidance, the path is seen
    Covert creatures flee, other forms ignite with happiness and joviality

    When it’s gone, all is in reverse,
    It’s time for veritas

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