Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In the Dark of December

In the dark ages when I was growing up one of my hobbies was memorizing poetry. I had a good memory and both my parents and my school encouraged this activity. I spent hours reading poems and memorizing ones I liked. A lot of the poems have faded from memory, but some remain. One of my favorites is "I Heard a Bird Sing," by Oliver Herford. I probably recite it to myself every day in December, and today was no exception.


  I heard a bird sing 
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember
 
'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
 
Though winter began last week, today felt truly like winter, especially once it grew dark after five. I was once again grateful for the gift of poetry and this sweet bird singing in the dark of December. 
 
As always, thanks for visiting. Take care and keep cozy!
  

12 comments:

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

It is good and necessary to have hope on the darkest of days. This is an excellent poem to recite during the long winter ahead.

Catherine said...

Dear Carol, This is an encouraging poem for both the weather and life.

I wish you a very Happy and very Blessed New Year. xoxo Catherine

Mary said...

I so love that poem. Thanks for sharing. I'd forgotten it and how lovely it is.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a sweet poem and a good one to commit to memory! My husband always reminds me on the 22nd of December that the days are getting longer. Have a wonderful new year. Now I'm going to memorize this little poem. Thank you!

TARYTERRE said...

A wonderful poem. One to remember for sure.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Sending best wishes your way for a very Happy New Year's Eve !

Simply Linda said...

Love the poem...btw, I had postdated the Daybook for the 1st--somehow it got posted today and now...luckly, I saw your comment--because it is gone now! Hmm..maybe Blogger isn't ready for 2015?

Sola Scriptura said...

Our sunset is at 3:35pm. I miss the long days of summer when it never really goes dark. Thank you for the lovely poem, it is a delight to read on a dark winter afternoon.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

A beautiful poem, with a manageable rhythm and format. I love how the French learn very early on to memorize and recite poetry; it keeps the mind meandering to strengthen the use of language. LOVELY! And thank you so much for coming to visit me, Carol! Much happiness to you in 2015! Anita

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love poetry and enjoy my books. Love this sweet poem. The cardinals have returned to Florida...they are all over the golf course this week! Maybe going farther South! lol Happy New year!

Ida said...

What a sweet poem. I told my mom the other day that each day that passes now means we are one day closer to spring.

Ida said...

Oops I fortot to wish you a Happy New Year. It's been a pleasure blogging with you this past year.