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A Christmas Bear Named Rue - Merry Christmas to All

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Upon the shelves of yuletide cheer
As Christmas shoppers hustle by,
I’ve tried my best to smile this year
Yet all I seem to do is cry.

Another Christmas Day will see
The other teddy bears have gone,
All snuggled under festive trees
To greet the morning’s mirthful throng.

Now “Sunny Bear’s” with little Joy,
“Felicity’s” gone home with Grace,
And “Chipper Bear” is Johnny’s toy
Each child now dons a smiling face

Alone I sit, upon the shelf.
Last minute shoppers wander by,
Yet no one stops – not Santa’s elf.
Must be the sadness in my eye.

I’m different from the other bears
My furry body’s shades of blue
I show no twinkling, smiling fair.
I am a bear whose name is “Rue”

Just then I saw a wistful child
He stopped and tugged his mother’s knee.
I wondered why he hadn’t smiled,
His finger pointed up at me.

“Why do you want this saddened bear?
His tag says that his name is ‘Rue.’
That’s likely why he’s still up there.
He looks so tearful and he’s blue!”

The child looked up at Mom and said
“He isn’t sad, and he’s not blue.
He only seems to be.Instead
That kindly teddy bear is true”

“He cries his “Rue-ful” tears for me.
He takes my sadness as his own.
He sets my heavy burdens free.
So I can smile as yet unknown.”

“We want that little bear called “Rue”
Please take him from his lonely stand.
He’ll bear our rues and burdens too.
A Merry Christmas is at hand!”

© Copyright 2008 Nancy Ness - All Rights Reserved
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"I’m different from the other bears
My furry body’s shades of blue"

When I was a little kid? Like most children, my dolls and animals were quite "real" to me, and I was allowed to pick "three", just three, to sleep with me.

I just couldn't do it.

Even the one armed doll I thought I'd hated? The one that I wrote on her face with ink? She had to have the spot of honor right next to me. I pictured all of them crying and feeling neglected, so my parents eventually caved in until I was camouflaged in my own bed, like E.T. in the closet!

Thanks for sparking the re-memory.

I miss you Nan.

Merry Christmas.
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Nan, at my age I still collect bears, well I only started about 20 years ago. Rue would have been a perfect addition to my collection~~

Hoping you are having a happy and healthy holiday season!

M
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Thank you for the wonderful holiday gift you've given us, Nan, a beautifully written bare heart beat.
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ahh, Nan, you still come out and write so beautifully...Merry Christmas...(you still have that old eraser?)
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Karen, Maureen, Kacy - thank you kindly, and I hope you had a wondeful Christmas - and now a Happy New Year..

And Toe - I do, I do have my - But you guys have been behaving lately.. Merry Christmas 'n stuff..
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Nan - so nice to see you once again. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, and Rue also...

BC
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Nan, the moment I started reading this poem I ADORED and WANTED Rue.  However, seeing that he has somebody else to love him now, I will leave that little child in peace with his beautiful and darling Rue.

My heart bleeds for all the teddies and other cuddly animal toys I see on shelves and I ESPECIALLY ache for those teddies made to hang by their heads from the ceiling (OuCHHHHHHHH!) and those upside down on shelves or facing the back of the shelf.  I want EVERY SINGLE teddy and cuddly animal toy I see.  I just hate the thought of any of them feeling lonely or unloved.  

Please stroke your magnificat for me.  He/she is ggggggggggorgeous (please tell him/her I said so).

- Owl

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You post too seldom... but you're worth waiting for!! *S* Loved this!
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Yo dear Nan,

Sad bears make the best friends.

That's the way it works.

Love Bobby
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Neatly written, Nan.  Mery Christmas to you, and may your next year be filled with wonder.
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What a delightful Christmas write! I wanted to claim Rue as my own and give him a lovely home with all my other teddies! ~ of the bear variety, that is! hohoho

Nan, you are a wonderful poet and story-teller!

I hope your Christmas was merry and that 2009 with be filled with wonder and joy!

Love & Best Wishes,
Linda


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Nan, you are such a fabulous poetess. I do wish you would write and post more often.

Wishing you a healthy and peaceful New Year.

ooxx
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Now aren't you sorry you thought my assignment to you was silly?
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Happy Holidays, Bill - Thanks for stopping by..

Hey Owl - we must be able to find a Rue for You.. Thanks for reading.

suthern - "S" backatcha

Bobby - Much appreciation - Happy Holidays to you..

Scalawag -

Linda - the good news is - We can all have a Rue.. just give the little guy a name. Happy Holidays..

Marti - Missing you - and hoping you're loving NH - Happy Days to you & your Ron

Deer - No, no, no - I didn't think the assignment was silly - It was YOU who was silly - and I'm thankful for it - Happy New Year, Deer..
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Wonderful...James
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Good grief!  I missed it - galdernit!  What a cute story, and if you were a blue rue, I'd love you

Merry Christmas belated, and Happy New Year too m'friend of the Cape.
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What a lovely Christmas poem, Nan. I would have picked Rue, too. I was so busy over the holidays that I missed this one and had to go back and pick it up. So glad I did.
                                 Ida
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James, Sharon, and Ida - thank you all so much for stepping back to the holiday poems and enjoying mine..

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