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Poetry Sunday-Morning Shines Late Now




Morning Shines Late Now


Morning shines late now in the garden,

As the sun rises further south

Not able to reach the height it once did months ago.



We are tracking time with darkness

Traveling closer to winter-to the sacred Solstice

From whence the light will again shine brighter.

A few minutes each day until the earth thaws,

And it is the growing time again.



 © Donna Donabella 2015



Each season, I track the sun light rising from spring to summer to fall….and then to the dark of the Winter Solstice.  And as winter begins, I know the light will be returning bit by bit, day by day as we get closer to spring and the garden season again.
RURAL Donna1


December 1st started my Seasonal Celebrations meme for the change of seasons.  Check out my post at Gardens Eye View, and join in the celebration of the change of seasons, no matter where you are on earth.  You can also read an excerpt of my Winter story in the latest issue of RURAL magazine.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

sunrise collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday and with Kara@A Spirit of Simplicity for her Tuesday Afternoon meme.




If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 







Special Note:  The pictures here are of a recent December sunrise in the garden.  It started with a orange light against the almost black clouds.  The last picture is of the sunrise in the meadow.



I leave you with a few additional words about the change in the morning light.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

meadow morn

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. December 13, 2015    

    We were just last week on a 4-day mini-break to the east of us, near the German border, Donna, and had many delightful sunsets. What a glorious time of the year. I never tire of the winter months…but would dearly love to get some snow here again. We had some in 2010 and loved it. Too bad it can’t be equalized out to all who want it. 🙂

    • December 13, 2015    

      I will wish snow for you my friend…and a bit for us this year too!

  2. December 13, 2015    

    Sigh… you’re so right 🙂 mornings in December are one of a kind and darkness no matter how deep is always accompanied by light. Beautifully executed 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • December 13, 2015    

      Such lovely insight Sanaa….yes the light will come!

  3. December 13, 2015    

    Lovely words to go with a beautiful sunrise 🙂

    • December 13, 2015    

      Thanks Cherie…it was a Gratitude Sunrise that morning.

  4. December 13, 2015    

    gorgeous photo Donna and beautiful lines awaiting light and warmth…

    • December 13, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sumana….it is wonderful when it all comes together.

  5. December 13, 2015    

    And the cycle of seasons goes on ….

  6. December 13, 2015    

    Lovely capture of words and sky…I have seen some amazing sunsets recently and I think they serve as a reminder of nature’s beauty that still surrounds us even in times of darkness.

  7. December 13, 2015    

    Warmth in winter, this poem.

    Winter and I have never gotten along all that well. But breathing in the images of your poem, remembering the beauty and mystery of the changes… warms my heart. 🙂

    • December 13, 2015    

      I am so glad my reminders help you a bit too!

  8. December 13, 2015    

    I track the light constantly too, always exciting when the day starts to lengthen again. But at my age, the months spin by so fast it is rather astonishing – freaks me out how swiftly time is passing. LOL. Wonderful photos!

    • December 13, 2015    

      Thanks Sherry…I agree as I age time is flying and I just want to hold it still now!

  9. December 13, 2015    

    I did not see that before.

    This is a beautiful poem. Today it rains. It makes the day longer and darker although I love the rain.

    In the blink of an eye spring will be here.

    • December 13, 2015    

      Yes the dark rainy skies can make the days feel longer…but we will continue to dream of spring! 🙂

  10. December 13, 2015    

    What a glorious sky. As they so often are.
    We are lurching towards the summer solstice. The light I love. The heat? Not. And our garden struggles in the summer. The crispifying season.

    • December 13, 2015    

      It seems each morning paints a new picture in the sky! Enjoy your light Soosie!

  11. December 13, 2015    

    Yes, we are tracking time until the winter solstice. Soon the darkness will be the most intense, but then soon we we are heading toward the light again!!! I like the way your poems always reflect the time of year.

    • December 13, 2015    

      Thank you Mary….it seems the poems are flowing from deep inside as my life is unfolding.

  12. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    December 13, 2015    

    Days are unbearably short now, but there are only a few days left until solstice.. here the sun sets already at around 3 PM so the nights are very long.

    • December 13, 2015    

      Oh that is so early for daylight to end…but soon it will shift…very soon!

  13. December 13, 2015    

    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today
    Happy holidays
    Much love…

    • December 14, 2015    

      Thanks for sharing the poetry love!

  14. December 13, 2015    

    The photos sing and the words dance. A beautiful invitation to stop and just enjoy,

    • December 14, 2015    

      Thank you for that lovely description Elizabeth…that is how it felt on that morning.

  15. December 13, 2015    

    The changing seasons are a constant reminder not to waste a single moment of out lives. What beautiful words from your today.

    • December 14, 2015    

      I think that is why I love to celebrate the seasons Robin!

  16. December 13, 2015    

    I do love how hopeful this piece is… always looking forward to a new time and a new season.

    • December 14, 2015    

      Thanks Matthew….each season and what it brings continues to inspire me.

  17. December 13, 2015    

    The sunsets are beautiful this time of year and captured wonderfully

    • December 14, 2015    

      Each morning I am inspired anew Michelle!

  18. December 14, 2015    

    your photos are as usual, stunning. the blazing colors of the sunrise are captured so well.
    i live in the tropics, so there’s sunlight all year round, but lately it has been raining almost every day, so yes, i am also looking forward to more sunlight. 🙂

    • December 14, 2015    

      Thanks you so much for these kind words….yes relentless gray can be hard on us….makes the sunlight so much more meaningful though!

  19. December 14, 2015    

    I think you could make any position of the sun beautiful and also make your readers even look at the sun at all! I think i saw in my diary that it is winter solstice next week…i hope you will enjoy..and trust you will…thank you for sharing the light..later in the day though it may be…

    • December 14, 2015    

      Your beautiful words always bring me joy Jae Rose..thank you. And yes the Solstice is coming up in a week. I can’t wait!

  20. December 14, 2015    

    Love the growing time again…just look forward…what a nice angelic like poem…

    • December 15, 2015    

      As I was observing the sunrise the morning these photos were taken, I noticed how the morning was shining later and later now….it just flowed from my garden to me.

  21. December 14, 2015    

    I love the idea of tracking life’s seasons by observing the light. Another lovely post, Donna.

    • December 15, 2015    

      Thanks Wendy…yes the light seems to be tied to my life as it is tied to the seasons…I am enjoying exploring it and glad you enjoyed the poem.

  22. December 15, 2015    

    WONDERFULL foto sky ,greeting from Belgium / Mons my city

    • December 15, 2015    

      Thanks so much Louisette and for visiting from your beautiful Belgium!

  23. December 15, 2015    

    I love your wintery woods, Donna. Beautiful.
    I love the way the trees are true to form right now.
    Somehow they are like sculptures without their leaves.
    I love the lines.
    And I watch the light, too.
    Grateful for the twinkle lights this time of year:)

    • December 16, 2015    

      Me too Jennifer…the light glowing against the outline of the trees is most beautiful!

  24. December 18, 2015    

    The beauty of winter mornings so wonderfully expressed.

    • December 19, 2015    

      🙂 🙂 You can see your kind comment is making me smile Jean! Thank You!

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