For Diane at Yule 2022
Put down your burden, rest your pack.
Straighten up your tired back.
All the things that you're achieving
Can rest upon the longest evening.
Ease your worries, smooth your smile.
Close your eyes a little while.
Take my hand and sit with me.
Rest beneath the green fir tree.
A pause to breathe, a moment to drink,
Time to look into a fire and think.
Tomorrow we will lift our loads
and keep our promises
and hike our roads.