Wreathed (Thursday Doors)

We feel
the Yule approach–
long dark nights, short grey days–

the year–
the circle turns–
we say farewell, begin

come into warmth–
connections reaffirmed,

a wheel
of evergreen
and light—twining seeds in
to roots.

I have not seen many holiday decorations yet in my walks. But door wreaths have started to make an appearance. Although considered a Christmas decoration now, evergreen wreaths have an ancient history with the Yule season and Solstice. The door wreath has long been a sign of welcome and friendship as well.

This church has wreaths on both the railing and the door. You can’t see them very clearly in my photo, but the front doors are all wreathed as well.

I don’t know if my building will have a wreath or a tree, but we have Hanukkah lights.

My poem is in the Aquarian form, for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday seasonal prompt, poet’s choice.

And you can see more seasonal Thursday Doors here.

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29 responses to “Wreathed (Thursday Doors)”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    Lovely, Kerfe. You make what could be an abrupt form flow. The doors are festive.

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  2. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Love this poem – truly the best essence of Yule. Wishing you a season of warm welcomes!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dan Antion says :

    Thanks for sharing the holiday doors and your Hanukkah lights. I love that you accompany the doors with a delightful poem.

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  4. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Lovely poem, Marta and the doors are looking nice and beautiful.

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  5. Ken / rivrvlogr says :

    I like the rhythm of this. You capture the season well.

    I’d not heard of this form. With multiple stanzas, I can see the possibilities.

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  6. msjadeli says :

    Wonderful buildings. Love how the greenery trails down from above on some of them. Good to learn about the roots of wreath symbolism. Enjoyed your incorporation of it into your poem.


  7. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, I love your wreathed door images. The wreath always signifies the passage of time for me (the wheel of time always turning). I’ve noticed that many folks hang wreaths year round on their doors in my neighborhood. Your Aquarian poetry flows like the passage of time. Beautiful! ❤

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  8. Ingrid says :

    I love how the pagan traditions come through in Christianity – there is always a link to the distant past…

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Emille says :

    You found some beauties, even though you say there were not many! Also love the Menorah:)

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  10. SelmaMartin says :

    This Aquarian form — excellent. I love it. What a lovely poem, Kerfe. And the photos as well– speak of the season. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Your poem is wonderful, Kerfe. So very uplifting. The wreaths on the doors are also lovely. I have bought some things to make Christmas wreaths this year.

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  12. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Lovely poem, Kerfe. Beautiful wreaths and lights. Tis the season. Hugs.

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  13. WildChild47 says :

    Lovely poem that circles …. tying the natural to the changes, and speaking of seeds and light – how within the darkness, there is incubation, the promise of the new, of hope …. wreathes are wonderful …. evergreens adorned (or simple) always bring cheer ….. and I admit, I also like wreathes at all times …. for the different seasons or just because ….

    wonderful compliment of poetry to images, and I’m sure you’ll be discovering all kinds of new in the coming weeks 🙂

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  14. Jules says :

    It is nice to see all the different ‘Light’ celebrations. The first was Diwali, soon after Thanksgiving some Christmas lights went up. And there was at least one electric Chanukiah in a window. Some houses only have blue and white lights… but I’m not sure if that is a nod to Chanukah or just a preferance.

    Happy New Year to you and yours ~Jules

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