Holidays

With the holidays coming up, a poem by a fireside poet seems appropriate, right? The fireside poets were a group of 19th-century American poets associated with New England. They were very popular because of their domestic themes. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of them. Even though this is a very old poem, it really resonates with me. We love spending the holidays with our loved ones, but some holidays are just ours …

The holiest of all holidays are those
    Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
    The secret anniversaries of the heart,
    When the full river of feeling overflows;—
The happy days unclouded to their close;
    The sudden joys that out of darkness start
    As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
    Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
    White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
    White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;— a Fairy Tale
    Of some enchanted land we know not where,
    But lovely as a landscape in a dream.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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