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Based on the Greek Myth of Alcyone and Ceyx, lovers, whose love for each other angered the Gods who destroyed Ceyx’s boat. Grief stricken Alcyone threw herself into the water. Thetis and Aeolus took pity on them both. Thetis, a water goddess, turned them into Kingfishers who bear the name Halcyon to this day and during the winter solstice Aeolus calmed the waters so they could build a nest on the water. Those solstice days are still called the Halcyon days.

When Geri (my most loved) was dying he asked what Halcyon meant , I said I thought it meant peaceful. The day he asked me was June 22, our Winter Solstice, a day on which he said he felt peaceful and not many days before his death. This sent me in search of the story behind Halcyon Days and a way to look at grief.

 

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ALCYONE (Halcyon)

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

Halcyon days when the winter solstice calms the angry ocean
Alcyone ways, build a nest where you can rest your weary wings

It seems the Gods are crazy it seems they choose to play,
Shattering the lives on earth and blocking out the rays of the sun,
But there beyond the cloud new understanding has been won,
Alcyone

Halcyon days when the winter solstice calms the angry ocean
Alcyone ways, build a nest where you can rest your weary wings


You'll find placid waters, you'll find peaceful days,
Thetis and Aeolus understand the ways of the heart,
And lend a time of harmony to those who had to part,
Alcyone

Halcyon days when the winter solstice calms the angry ocean
Alcyone ways, build a nest where you can rest your weary wings


You’ll find the strength that's needed, for holding up your life,
You’ll find the love of Ceyx returns and it becomes a knife to carve your world,
A tool to keep the cracks and edges smooth and planed and pearled,
Alcyone

(plained and purled = knitted)

 

 

 
 
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