Happy Winter Solstice!

‘Twas the Night of the Solstice

by Kim Harrison

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and up in the Hollows,
Solstice bonfires were burning, to toast the marshmallows.

The pixies were snug in their stump, even Jenks,
Who claimed he was tired, and needed some winks.

 So I in my parka, and Ivy in her boots,
Were toasting the season, with thirty-year hooch.

When out in the street, there came such a crash,
I thought that it had to be ‘coons in our trash.

Away to the gate, I trudged through the snow,
While Ivy just said, “If it’s Kist, say hello.”

I lifted the latch, and peered to the street,
My face went quite cold.  We were in it thigh deep.

‘Twas a demon, who stood in the headlamps quite bright,
With his coat of green velvet, and his uncommon height.

His eyes, how they glittered, his teeth how they gnashed,
His voice, how he bellowed, his tongue, how it lashed

The street wasn’t holy, so on Big Al came,
As he bellowed, and shouted, and called me by name.

“Morgan, you witch.  You’re a pain in my side.
“Get out of your church.  There’s no place to hide!”

Like hell’s fury unleashed, he strode to my door,
Where he hammered and cursed, like a cheap jilted whore.

But Ivy and I, we circled round back,
To stand in the street and prepare for attack.

“You loser,” I shouted.  “I’m waiting for you.”
And the demon, he spun, taking on a red hue.

Ivy stood ready, and I whispered, “Okay . . .
“If he wants to get rough, I’m ready to play.”

With nary a word, us two girls got to work,
Putting foot into gut, of the soul-sucking jerk.

I circled him quick, with a few words of Latin,
While Ivy distracted him with lots of good wackin’

“Get back!” I yelled out when my trap was complete,
And Ivy somersaulted right over the creep.

My circle sprang up, entrapping him surely,
Al fussed and he fumed, like a demonic fury.

The neighbors all cheered, and came out of their houses,
Where they’d watched the whole thing, like little house mouses.

So Ivy and I, we both bowed real low,
Then banished Big Al, in an overdone show.

But I heard Al exclaim, ‘ere he poofed from our sight
“You won this time witch, but I’ll get you one night!”

Kim Harrison

December 14th, 2005

24 Comments

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24 responses to “Happy Winter Solstice!

  1. Nelly

    Loved the poem!! I too miss Kisten. :(
    Wishing u the very best & have a safe & happy New Year!!

  2. jkh

    Here’s my best wishes to everyone for health, happiness, prosperity (or at least financial stability), and love. Happy Holidays of all flavors!

  3. Dot Little

    Merry Chistmas and A Happy New Year to you and your family. Be happy and safe. :-) (P.S. see you in Feb)

  4. Shari

    I shared the story you posted and will share the poem again. I love Morgan, Ivy, Jenks, and yes even Al and Trent.
    To you and your a very Merry Christmas.

  5. Bravo! Bravo! That poem was great! It made my Solstice Day! Happy Winter Solstice and Merry Christmas! To you and and all Harrison’s this holiday season.

  6. Happy Solstice to you and yours! I am really diggin that poem and am counting the days til January 22. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  7. This never gets old ;-)

    Happy Winter Solstice, right back at you.

  8. Rocky

    Though I’ve been a fan of your books for many years, I’m new to your online community. Thank you so much for re-gifting today’s Solstice poem and yesterdays story. Both were new to me, and much appreciated, wonderful gifts. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas

  9. I never tire of this poem. It makes me smile.
    Have a Happy Solstice, Wonderous Christmas & a Happy New Year!

  10. Thanks for regifting the story yesterday and the poem today. Happy solstice, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

  11. Liz T.

    Aww, I miss Kisten! Happy Solstice.

  12. vampgirl1988

    happy solstice mrs. harrison and family

  13. jkh

    Love that poem! Thanks for sharing it again, it always gives me a chuckle. I can just see Ivy doing a backflip into a snowpile…

  14. Joe W.

    Just plain AWESOME!

  15. Hi Ms. Kim- Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  16. Happy Solstice and Blessed Yule! I am adoring these regiftings, Kim, thank you so much!

    This one made me sad… the mention of Kisten made me think maybe it was just his memory rattling around in their yard, since he can’t be a ghost. :( I miss Kisten.

  17. vampyre

    Drat. It looks like the Myans blew it. Looks like I have some shopping to do.

    V^^^^V

  18. to celebrate the Solstice and the world not ending – I’m having cake and wine for lunch!

  19. vampyre

    Drat. It looks like the Myans blew it. Now I have to do some shopping.

    V^^^^V

  20. For more than 20 years, I read the night before Christmas on my college radio station’s “American Christmas” show. I love the original and I love your send up. too. Merry Solstice to all … and to all a great night!

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  22. Avis Richard

    KIM! I never saw the Solstice Poem before! Oh, how many memories it triggered! Guess when the confetti settles, it will be time for me to reread The Hallows from the beginning. Looking forward to it, cozy snowy days and nights with a favorite! Thanks so very much for all the pleasure you give. Have a love filled season and may it last forever!

  23. Martin

    Happy Solstice! May all the rest of the Holidays of the Season, Christmas Kwaanza, Boxing Day, Mithrasmas, New Years, and others, be filled with joy and light. God and Goddess Bless Us, every one.