Cyberspace is - or can be - a good, friendly and egalitarian place to meet. Douglas Adams
I can vouch for that, having met lots of friendly folk here. Some of us hang around at writerconuk and it was for the Winter Solstice Challenge of 2006 that I wrote
Dancing the Night Away
I have re-posted it for this year's Solstice, at Archive of Our Own for any new readers out there.
The Shortest Day
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
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