A riddle

My first is in Jack but it’s not in his box

My second’s in hours but never in clocks

My third is in earth but it’s missing from clay

My fourth is in night but it’s absent by day

My fifth is in treasure but not found in thief

My sixth is in tree but it isn’t in leaf

My seventh’s in magic but lacking from spell

My eighth is in water but not in a well

My ninth begins solstice, a kindling of cheer

I banish the dark at the hinge of the year.

 

Text and image © Angela Williams 2017

Celebrating the shortest days
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