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this is a poem 2

01 Dec

this is a poem about the last page
a poem about feeling panicked
a poem about lists
this is a poem about shopping and tired feet
about choosing the right card
then signing your name 47 times
a poem about wrapping paper, tape and ribbon
this is a poem about putting up lights and garland
bells and wreaths, while playing old records
a poem about finding mom’s recipe
and buying butter – for baking!
this is a poem about feasting
this is a poem about getting around
to reading the familiar story and wondering
how did something
that started out so simple
get to be so complicated?
this is a poem about Christmas

this is a poem about hearing the songs
of baby Jesus, at the mall
and having the urge to go
and sing them to all your neighbors
this is a poem about the magic
of blinking lights, toy trains
and sipping a cup of warm cocoa
while you visit the Holy Family
come to your cul-de-sac
this is a poem of when home
is the only place to be
even if the tree is small, the gifts few
and your house is crowded as a Bethlehem street
this is a poem about candlelight and sweet carols
in a place where simple gowns and sequin crowns
transform even urchins and scamps
into shepherds, angels and wise men
this too is a poem about Christmas

© 2009 by Violet Nesdoly

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This poem was first published (first stanza only, called ‘this is a poem’) in an anthology called Celebrating the Season 2001 – Essence Publishing, 2001. When I submitted it to another Christmas collection, the editor said it was too negative and suggested I write a second stanza, highlighting a more positive aspect of Christmas. That wasn’t hard to do – and so we have ‘this is a poem 2,’ published in its expanded form here for the first time (or at least I haven’t heard that it ever made it into that second anthology – or even whether that anthology was ever published).
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2 Comments

Posted by on December 1, 2009 in Christmas, Personal, Religious

 

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2 responses to “this is a poem 2

  1. Marcia Laycock

    December 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Loved it!

    Like

     
  2. violetnesdoly

    December 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Thanks, Marcia! Hope you’re loving December so far!!

    Like

     

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