Celebrate the longest night
when winter’s apex reigns.
Fears frolic in ghostly gowns,
worries dress in rumpled dreams.
Clouds like smoky arms
wrap around the moon
beckon the wind cry
of a broken season.
Movement fastens light to life.
A moment can change everything:
the rhythm of a planet’s dance,
a reaching toward spring.
Candace Armstrong writes poetry and prose in the beautiful woodlands of Southern Illinois. Formerly in corporate business management, she has relocated to the country where she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and hiking with her husband and their canine child, Murphy. Her poems have been published in The Lyric, MUSE, Midwest Review, California Quarterly, The Official Poets Guide to Peace, Distilled Lives 2 & 3 and online at Dream Quest One and the Illinois State Poetry Society's website. Her website is a work-in-progress at candacearmstrongwriter.com.