|Eponalia: 18 Dec. in the Roman Calendar
||Epona on the shadow paths as dwindling daylight
fades to longest nights before and after Solstice.
These are the paths of transformation, of renewal
|as light shifts slowly from the stillness;
Epona opens the way along the paths
to another cycle of time, another year
|Day length hardly moves at solstices,||for light to grow, for green leaves to burst
from buds on every bough, from seeds
yet to break through sodden soil and spring
|but changes quickly at equinoxes.||brightly into life again –
Bidden out of the dark below
by the light of the risen sun.