Winter is Coming

Christmas is meant to be full of celebration and joy; for many, though, it can be a dark time brimming with morbidity and doom in a place far from fun and festivity.

Humbug, we say.

Bah humbug!

While calling these people Ebenezer Scrooge.

What the Dickens, then, that in some parts of the world taking Vitamin D as a matter of course through winter months is advice now given everyone (BBC Health).

During summer’s months of humming treacle, poems flowed as milk from a spilled pail.

Now the well runs dry as old bones.

Time to dig deeper then.

Sun denied
Amassed grey
Dark cloud

Sky heavy
Alights on
Down below

Swimming thoughts
A weight carried to

Season’s cheer
Another day
Dreary and dull

Splinters in disposition
Anti all together now

Sure festivities will
Arise spirits
Demons though

Stay away
As light to vampires
Damn you snow

Sunshine for a second
Don’t go

Thankfully Seasonal Affective Disorder is now widely understood.

What isn’t so well known, is that while it leads to depression in winter months, it can also cause conditions like anxiety in the summer.

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Header image: Red on Winter, N. P. Ryan, circa 2016/17

SAD is considered a recent discovery, when really people have known about it for since forever but for it being thoroughly misunderstood.

Combating it is the origin of the traditions associated with Christmas.

However it was looked at—gods, spirits or sprites—these entities were responsible for the condition of everything, be it for better or worse.

Bringing representations of positive spirit fertility (and so power) into the home in the form of tree tips is just one way people found to keep the darker spirits—those that had laid waste to the sun and left lands almost completely barren—at bay.

And not without good reason; plenty of people would be feeling down—the bad spirits getting the better of them—for no other apparent reason than the success the Dark Side would appear to be having everywhere.

Grey Matter:

Thanks for reading 🙂

N. P. Ryan.


For more on the Dark SideAll Along the Watchtowers

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