My mother use to say this verse to us the night before our birthdays. I’ll never forget the feeling I got calling her up to ask how it went, so that I could share it with my own daughter.
Now the kids anticipate it and often remind me of how many kisses they will get on their birthdays for a few days in advance.
When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I’ll still be ** years old tonight.
But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow, I’ll be ** years old.
** kisses when I wake,
** candles on my cake.
“Enter the Night”
Art by Margaret Tarrant
Enter the night and you’ll find the light,
Enter the night, let your spirit take flight,
On the longest night we search for the light,
So when you find that spark
When you dream in the dark
Hold it close to your heart and know.
All that you see is all that can be
When you give birth to the dreams.
“The Sun is in My Heart”
The sun is in my heart,
He (she) warms me with his (her) power.
And wakens life and love
In bird and beast and flower.
On the earth I stand upright
With joy I greet the morning sun
Who shines with love on every one
Who shines in the sky, on the land and sea,
And who fills me with light
When he (she) shines on me.
Good morning to you
And good morning to me.