Sunday, December 21st is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Officially, it is also the first day of winter.
I have news for you;
The stag bells, winter snows, summer has gone
Wind high and cold, the sun low, short its course
The sea running high.
Deep red the bracken, its shape is lost;
The wild goose has raised its accustomed cry,
cold has seized the birds’ wings;
season of ice, this is my news.
pictures by jack collier
poem, 9th century Irish