in Advent at Winter Solstice
O Winter Solstice O Star of the East O Oriens O Holy Night O Radiant Dawn O Nativity O Eternal Light
come shine down on those who dwell in darkness under the shadow of death
that they may be transformed with eyes to see the beauty and ears to hear the good news of Heaven and Earth as One
Herb Stone here&now working poetry December 21, 2021
Author’s note: Today marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also the 24th. day of Advent. It is the day the antiphon O Oriens is sung. The Nativity of the Universal, Cosmic Christ is later this week followed by the Epiphany. Light upon Light! Many religions and spiritual traditions celebrate the Light at this time of bleak mid-Winter. O Orien lyrics appear in stanza two.
YouTube music video: Queens’ College Choir, Cambridge, Queens’ Chapel Players, Silas Wollston, Album And Comes The Day: Carols and Antiphons for Advent
rambling among the wild carrot, thistle, crimson clover, blackberries, curly dock, fields of wild flowers, with the dragon flies, creek fish, while tail, in the Southern Hills’ woods, paddling the creeks, then sitting a spell in the deep shade of mature trees, with the cool breeze on our face fills our hearts with unending gratitude and grace
Sooner than expected, my new book is ready to view and order on Amazon.
I hope you will view the book at http://www.amazon.com by searching on the book’s title, and if it’s poetry and theme resonates with you, you will consider purchasing it.
One more request is that after reading, if you would please leave a review of the book on Amazon, it would be a great help to me. More reviews help increase sales on Amazon.
Thank you friends for all your support, and I hope you will enjoy the book written from my heart as an offering of radical grace and love for the healing of the world and all beings as True selves belonging together in authentic community💓🙏🏽
Update: Preparing My Book of Poetry for Publication and Release Date
The release of my first book of poetry for publication on Amazon is fast approaching. I am hoping to release it so that it will be available to purchase on or around May 1st. After weeks of editing the book and making updates to my website and social media pages, things are coming together nicely for the release.
Pre-release, a number of people have reviewed the book, and offered their comments for which I am forever grateful. Here is a brief comment from one such review: “Herb Stone is a poet for our times…..A true poet able to capture the feeling and the hopes of the people and put into words. This publication…..with its strong cord of hope and possibility will be a welcome balm therefore for readers whose hope and faith has been faltering from the tumult of the times we live in….” I will be releasing the reviews in full soon, and they will appear in the book.
For my friends and readers who would like to help support my first self publishing effort, I would be grateful if you would visit my website herbstonejr.com, and follow my blog by entering your email so that you will be notified of new poems posted to my blog and other announcements. And of course, upon publication, for those of you who like the book and are able to purchase it, many thanks!
here&now working press is officially opened for business for the self publishing of my books. In addition to setting up my office and writing studio and updating my website, I have been preparing my first book of poetry for publication as recently announced. A lot goes into the writing and publishing of a book as I am learning quickly (or slowly) as it may be. So far I have designed the book, formatted it for printing, edited it, and will be publicizing it soon. Tomorrow I will receive proof copies for what I hope is my last edit before publication. Thanks to you all who are interested in the publication of my first book. The journey has been a blessing thus far in my efforts.