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This is a lovely winter piece that I wrote a few years ago; I love Christmas and winter and this piece reflects the beauty of winter. The words and music were inspired by walks I used to take in the snow at night with my children. As a published flute ensemble work this piece is played around the world at this time of year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI0kT6bl0WI

Poem: Lament for All Souls' Day

LAMENT FOR ALL SOULS’ DAY

Let the night watch continue
It did not end that eve
Your mem’ry lives in bone and sinew
Of all who here believe.

As Christ received your blessed soul
Brought it to Spring, from Fall,
He will be there at each bell’s toll
Accepting one and all.

I hear the lych owl’s mournful cry,
I know it cries for me,
But though I’m made of dust, to die,
My home’s eternity.

©2017 Lewis A. Kocher
MOON
Both king and queen
Of all the skies:
The full moon's seen
Upon its rise;
It pushes out
The brightest star
The wolves all shout
From near and far -
The ravens call
The foxes say:
"Night creatures all
In forests play."
The moon looks down
The earth to see:
On tree and town,
And little me.
And so I peep
From window pane
Before I sleep,
Its light to gain.
(c)2017 Lewis A. Kocher

Poem: "Fairy Encounter"

FAIRY ENCOUNTER

I once saw a fairy
And wondered just where he
Would go when he’d see
A big person like me.

Would he think it good
To hide in the woods?
Or maybe to fly
Way up high in the sky?

But he just sat and looked
And thought to himself:
“Will that big person run
When he sees this small elf?”

I wasn’t the one
Who wanted to run;
And neither was he
As he sat by his tree.

So I smiled and stayed
Where we had fun and played.
Although I was tall
And he was so small;

We learned in the end
We each had a friend:
And neither was scary;
Not me, not the fairy.

©2017 Lewis A. Kocher

Poem: "The Wheel of the Year"

THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

PLEASE NOTE: This poem is about the mystical Wheel of the Year, a wheel that speaks of eight seasons, not four. The layout of the poem is:

Verse one - symbols of the first four seasons, in order
Verse two - names of the first four seasons, in order
Verse three - symbols of the second group of four seasons, in order
Verse four - names of the second group of four seasons, in order

The Wheel of the Year contains many celebrations that are important to many people, and this poem is a great meme for remembering the eight seasons in order! :)

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THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

Colors bold
Let the wheel turn
Winter's cold
And the wheel turns;
Fires bright
Let the wheel turn
Equal night
And the wheel turns;

Samhain, Yule,
Imbolc too:
Cold earth grows to warm.
Ostara's perfume,
Flowers true:
Each thing in its turn.

Lambkins bleat
Let the wheel turn
Berries sweet
And the wheel turns;
Sun holds sway
Let the wheel turn
Equal day
And the wheel …

Prose: "Song of Lammas"

SONG OF LAMMAS

How many blackberries
Will make a pie?
I have picked them;
If you make the pie
We will share it, you and I.

The berries hid
Where rain met dew;
The geese honked
The goldfinch flew,
The eagles squealed as I picked.

How many blackberries will make a pie?

Can summer be found,
Can Lammas last,
In a small black berry?
I taste summer
I taste the harvest...

How many blackberries will make a pie?

I will pick
You will bake
And together we will take
One slice
Then share with friends.

Tell me:
How many blackberries will make a pie?

(c) 2017 Lewis A. Kocher

Poem: "Where Faeries Walk"

WHERE FAERIES WALK

Where faeries walk,
My heart walks too:
Side by side
And two by two.

They dance in rings
Of faerie light;
They dance unseen
Throughout the night.

And as they dance
Though I’m not there,
They know I know:
They know I care.

And with a smile
I slumber on;
My dreams are filled
With faerie song.

©2017 Lewis A. Kocher
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