An Endless Cycle

A poem for the Solstice

Mishima (1840-42)
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Cold Moons of Winter

(The moons of December, January
and February were once known by our
forebears respectively as Long Night or
Cold Moon, Wolf or Storm Moon, and Snow Moon)

Cold moons of winter
The wolf and the storm
Ice crystals splinter
The long night is born
Grey shadows lope
Over the snow
Yet still there is hope
Though fires burn low.

Pete Crowther – 2006

On this day in 1883: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, the first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, are formed.