I know winter can be a difficult season for many people, but there is something about its spareness that speaks to me. I love seeing the bare trees silhouetted against the winter sky, and I feel winter’s invitation to go into the quiet, into the interior spaces to allow the Unknown to gestate in the season’s darkness.
Here’s a song I wrote and recorded many years ago about this introspective time of year.
I stand alone in the darkness of night,
In the deep silence that won’t let me go.
The mighty moon draws me into her light
And leaves my shadow on shimmering snow.
The winter trees reaching up to the sky,
Bare branches laden with wisdom untold.
Their hidden roots giving strength to defy
The biting wind and the bleak winter cold.
The winter whispers of life at its core,
Of a stark beauty with nothing to hide.
The winter whispers of life that is more
Than all that’s born and beyond all that’s died.
Music, lyrics, vocals, guitar and tin whistle by Patricia Pearce
Keyboard by Kip Leitner