Sunday, January 3, 2010

Poetry Train Monday - 134 - Holding Christmas Near


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Holding Christmas Near


Not yet ready
To put Christmas away
Not yet ready

Mom whipped up a
Huge pasta dinner
Mom gathered us to her
Not yet ready to put Christmas away

The tree remains
Stands at a safe distance from
Neighboring eyes
The tree remains
Behind closed blinds, brightly shining
We still hold Christmas near

My husband and I clear the way to this table
Clear the way through the fresh page of snowfall
My husband and I clear the way for fresh starts
Mom gathers us round the table
Still holding Christmas near

My sister and her honey bundle up through the cold
My sister and her honey bring news and laughter
Mom gathers them round the table
Still holding Christmas near

Not yet ready to put it all away
Auntie and Uncle bundle up through the cold
Auntie and Uncle bear smiles and hugs
Mom gathers them round the table
Still holding Christmas near

Uncle bears salad greens
Grown in his greenhouse
Grown with no heat source but the sun
We eat the earth’s bounty
Freshly picked this January day

The tree remains
The lights still shine
The laughter still erupts
The appetite for family never wanes
Still holding Christmas near

- Julia Smith, Jan. 3, 2010

Madeline D. Murray says I like how the repetition evokes the comfort of the stability of family.

Akelamalu says Well we've put Christmas away - but then we have to pack for our cruise next week! LOL

Ms Snarky Pants says If I had a bigger house I'd get a pink tree and leave it up year round with different decorations for every holiday. :-D

6 comments:

madeline d. murray said...

This is lovely. I like how the repetition evokes the comfort of the stability of family. Thank you.

Akelamalu said...

Well we've put Christmas away - but then we have to pack for our cruise next week! LOL

Ms Snarky Pants said...

That was lovely! I put all my Christmas stuff in the attic yesterday, but if I had a bigger house I'd get a pink tree and leave it up year round with different decorations for every holiday. :-D Unfortunately the only place I could put the tree this year was right in front of the front door. (Not that we use it much.)

Stan Ski said...

The feel good factor - works a treat!

Linda Jacobs said...

I, too, like the repetition; it reinforces the idea of keeping christmas going. Well done!

Travis said...

Excellent!