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Laureate’s Hot Chocolate!

Laureate’s Lemonade is going to be Laureate’s Hot Chocolate for the winter months!

A warm and soothing literary mix presented by Eve West Bessier, Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County, New Mexico

This month, I am pleased to feature a late fall poem by Grant County writer, Lisa Fields. I am also offering a winter solstice poem for this coming Monday. Happy holidays to all of you, and to all of us a joyous new year!


by Lisa Fields

High in the leafy crown
small bird stirs,
feathers stroked
by warming light

Far above the curving earth
electric pulse of
lines we cannot see
draws the wings to lift,
begin the journey South—

the same, unseen force
urges me
to turn away
from shadowed paths
to the open plain
and peaks
of warming stone–

move in rhythm
with sun’s course
across the sky—

away from the walls
and the cold glass
before the curtains close
against the chill—

before the winter comes

Winter Solstice

by Eve West Bessier

Today, we welcome winter!

The solstice marking
the shortest day of the year
our darkest hours
our furthest journeying
from the Sun!

From today on
we return each dawn
closer to the long light
and step into the healing
transcendence of
the Age of Aquarius!

For a quiet moment
let us escape our routine
return to the essence
of our most primal being
and light a bonfire
of celebration in our hearts!

Let us circle in quiet delight
around the warmth and flame
for even in the fallow season
and the deepest dark of night
the waiting buds of spring begin
to appear on each tree
and the Earth prepares
her fertile pageantry!

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The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

Eve West Bessier

Eve is a poet laureate emerita of Silver City and Grant County, New Mexico; and of Davis and Yolo County, California. She has served on the steering committee for the Southwest Word Fiesta, and was a presenter during two festivals. Eve is a retired social scientist, voice and life coach. She is a writer, jazz vocalist, photographer and nature enthusiast.
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