Claire Sylvan is a published author and poet. A collection of her poems have been published in a volume entitled, Turnings. She has recently moved to Almonte from the Haliburton area where she was a member of the Algonquin Highlands Writers Reflection group, a flourishing writing group. Claire was also a member of the Live Poets Centre and the Haliburton-Highlands Writers’ Guild.
Claire now mentors the writing circle of the Centre For Creative Living, held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am. New members are always welcomed.
This night is deep, silent.
Moon magic weaves shadow branches across the snow,
Weaves our changing lives
As we gather to mark this turning.
Sharp cold cracks wood at blade’s persuasion;
The fire leaps, all are welcome here
To know earth’s endless bounty
We are warmed, fed, held
In the embrace of her sacred web;
This precious glimpse of what it is to give,
And to endure.
What have I offered to this bruised and brilliant world
Since last we waited for the light’s return?
And now, what gifts may share,
In this once again new life,
Cracked open to the light, again?