It is the longest night of the year
The cold darkness is everywhere
But the Wheel turns and turns
The light starts again to return

The darkness gained ground
Over the cold land all around
The return of the welcome light
Will banish the long dreary night

There is a darkness of soul
That arises from the hole
Where lived the most greedy
Who stole from the needy

The home of the final imperialism
The last imaginary exceptionalism
Will come to a glorious end
This pit inevitably filled in

A single bright flaming spark
Will always banish the dark
The Spiral moves one way
Upward to brighten the sky

The time’s right for the brave and the bold
Bring knowledge’s flame to darkness and cold
The return of the light
Sets all things right

Author: Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.


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