Onstage for this year’s edition of the Portland Revels, a multi-performance celebration of the holiday season and winter solstice.  Too busy to write with 8 performances in 6 days, but I’ll leave you with this lovely poem that concludes each and every Revels performance. Enjoy the holidays.

From Susan Cooper, The Shortest Day

he Shortest Day – Susan Cooper

And so the shortest day came,
And the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow white world came people,
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, reveling!
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them, echoing behind us.


All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day.

As promise wakens in the sleeping land,
They carol,
Give thanks,
And dearly love their friends!

And hope for peace.

And so do we, here, now, this year and every year!



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