James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

December 21

The Winter Solstice

By Edith Thomas (1854–1925)

(December 21)

IN the month of December, when, naked and grim

The tree-tops thrust at the snow-cloud gray,

And frozen tears fill the lids of day;

Then, in heavy teen, each breath between,

We sigh, “Would the winter were well away!”

Whatever the sun and the dial say,

This is the longest day!