Ring out, solstice bells! #PoetryFriday

I’m a day early, but happy winter solstice, everyone! Buffy Silverman is hosting Poetry Friday this week at her blog. I hope you will visit her and many other participants over the next week. She’s celebrating the days getting longer, too, and has a sneak peek at a book I can’t wait to get my hands on, One Dark Bird by Liz Garton Scanlon. 

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Because I love it so much, I’m resharing Jethro Tull’s “Solstice Bells” from last years’ solstice post. It’s too joyful not to do! 

As a teenager, I played Jethro Tull’s Songs from the Wood album over and over and over on my record player. The music had a mystical, magical feel to it. I’m sure my parents were sick of it, but they never said anything. There was far worse music I could have been listening to, after all! I always found the words to their songs poetic, especially “Solstice Bells.” What I didn’t know at the time was that there was a 3-minute (very poorly) animated and a tad bawdy video to go along with the song. Remember these are the pre-music video days. No MTV or VH1, yet! Here’s a SafeShare of the video for your viewing and listening pleasure. It has a very Canterbury Tales-like feel to it.

And now it’s time. Ring out, solstice bells!

(Image created with Canva.)


Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me, and I hope you’ll join us on this lovely, wintery Poetry Friday. Best wishes to everyone for a joy-filled week of festivities, if you are celebrating, and onto 2020!

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11 thoughts on “Ring out, solstice bells! #PoetryFriday

  1. Oh yes, call the light back! And with it, birds…no? So lovely. I am excited to listen to this song, Christie. I missed it last year. Thank you! Happy solstice! xx

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  2. Your photo is lovely and so is your poem. My favorite line is “call back the earth’s light.” I am a Jethro Tull fan too, and I enjoyed listening to the song. Happy Holidays, Christie!

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  3. Happy Solstice to you! I look forward to the return of the light…darkness is fine for sleeping. But, I never want to sleep. ha! Your photo and haiku are perfectly matched. Wonderful visit today.

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