The Close and Holy Darkness

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One of my weekly pleasures is watching BBC’s Gardeners’ World. A week or so ago, one of the gardeners was talking about how, although we’re still getting warm, sunny days, you can feel “the nights drawing in.” I’ve been struck by that phrase and keep turning it over to see what it is about it that I find so appealing. I think of what Dylan Thomas called “the close and holy darkness” moving up into the Northern Hemisphere and wrapping itself around our little homes and gardens like a lovely blanket. Someone once said that Witches make people uncomfortable because Witches aren’t afraid of the darkness. May the holy darkness draw in to you.

3 responses to “The Close and Holy Darkness

  1. Songs, we have songs…

    “I see skies of blue, clouds of white,
    Bright blessed days, and dark sacred nights.”

    “Remember when I moved in you,
    The holy dark was moving, too,
    And every breath we drew was hallelujah.”

    Thank you. I looked up the ukulele chords for “Hallelujah” and ran through it. Easy chords, easy transition, beautiful and simple to play. The version I found didn’t have the “holy dark” verse, but it’s there, like Tom Joad, all around you in the dark.

  2. We watch Monty and the gang every Friday evening. I loved this segment, too. And one of my favorite memories is of Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, after dinner and presents. My dad would always put on the recording of Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas, and serve hot glögg and cookies.

    Have you ever watched the Denholm Elliott film? When he says that line it always brings tears…. https://www.cypress.nyc/portfolio-item/a-childs-christmas-in-wales/

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