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No Tree For Muffy

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Balladeer
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0 posted 08-05-99 11:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

( I wrote this poem for a small girl whose parents could not afford a Christmas tree. Some of the phrases are childish because, as I said, it was written for a child, and by one, in spirit)

The lights shone bright in Cooperstown,
Feelings of Christmas filled the air.
Bright, shiny faces lit the night
Almost, but not quite, everywhere.

Poor Muffy sat in her living room
Staring at that empty space
Where, always before on Christmas eve,
A green pine tree stood in its place.

Poor kid looked everywhere for a tree;
It wasn't that she hadn't tried
But all the stores were all sold out
And so poor Muffy sat and cried.

The townfolk, hearing of her plight,
Searched the fields for miles around.
They searched the valleys, hills and woods
But no green pine tree could be found.

Oh, they found elm and oak and birch
And chestnut trees and such,
But no Douglas fir or spreading pine -
No Christmas tree for Muff.

The mayor, in all his wisdom, said
"We are faced here with a toughie!
In all the town there seems to be
No Christmas tree for Muffy."

So off they went to the highest hill,
Two hundred people strong,
With flashlights, axes, hammers and saws
And Muffy caught up in the throng.

Till one, then two, then three then four
Those hills they all accosted,
Till, finally, two hundred strong,
Fell to the ground, exhausted.

But, as they lay there on their backs,
Staring at the winter sky,
A soft smile touched the mayor's lips;
A twinkle appeared in his eye.

"Muffy," he smiled as he spoke,
"You are such a lucky girl.
You've got the greatest Christmas tree
In all the whole, wide world!"

The crowd looked up and what they saw
Brought tears to every eye
And sighs of awe escaped their lips
At the clear December sky.

Millions and millions of blinking lights
Covered Muffy's tree.
The tinsel came from shooting stars
Dropping through the galaxy.

Leo, Venus, Aries and Mars
Provided her with ornaments
And, as the lights bounced off her face,
Muffy knew what the mayor meant.

The townfolk, happy to the man,
Drifted home to get some rest
Each knowing on this Christmas eve
That they had seen life at its best.

And, when they woke up in the morn,
Rested from fulfilling dreams,
If they had looked upon that hill
Do you know what they would have seen?

A sight that would have said of life
That God is - as He has to be.
A girl with head tilted toward the sky;
Sweet Muffy and her Christmas tree.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 08-05-99).]
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Nan
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1 posted 08-05-99 11:37 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

If you keep on out-doing yourself, how will the rest of us ever live up to you?????
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2 posted 08-06-99 12:16 AM       View Profile for thursdayschild   Email thursdayschild   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for thursdayschild

Truly inspirational.
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3 posted 08-06-99 12:17 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Reading this poem about Muffy and the Christmas tree (I sit here in 107 degree weather), tears falling gently down my cheeks, I wonder if there was ever such a poet as Balladeer? Perfection! Lovely!

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4 posted 08-06-99 01:06 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Magnificent! And that you wrote it for a poor girl who had no tree... It breaks my heart to hear of plights such as these, that's why I urge everyone to help out those less fortunate, especially around the holidays. We all remember what a wonderfully exciting time Christmas was, and can imagine (or maybe know) how disappointing it would be, to have no tree.

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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll be among the stars.
-Unknown-
So let the sun beat down upon my face,
It's warmth will dry my tears.


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Cinderella
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5 posted 08-06-99 02:57 AM       View Profile for Cinderella   Email Cinderella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cinderella

Feelings of Chrismas filled my heart for Muffy! Balladeer you are fantastic and very talented. So glad you are here in Passions!
angel girl
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6 posted 08-06-99 03:41 AM       View Profile for angel girl   Email angel girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angel girl

very touching. this reaches the heart.


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Toerag
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7 posted 08-06-99 07:10 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Hey LongJohn....we gotta get this guy yanno? I mean, you and I write such thought provoking endearing stuff....from the heart, with all that wisdom and such?.....Yep, you grab his arms and hold them, I'll break his fingers so he can't type anymore....after all, we were both "abused" kids right?...We'd never be convicted, and then you and I would be near the top of this poetry schtuff....right?....Get rid of Balladeer, and we'd look even better...ya think?
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Balladeer......nice story, well written

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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9 posted 08-06-99 10:05 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

So... Balladeer... do you ever write a crappy poem??? LOL. Will you send your grocery lists this way... I'm sure they must be masterpieces??? *G*

Toerag: You and LJA already look mighty fine! (And your poems read well, too! *EG*) But I think 'Deer just upped the ante... y'all had better get busy! *G*
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10 posted 08-06-99 11:14 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I think Ron needs to earmark this for posting again in early December. What do the rest of you yahoos think?

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KRJ
Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Miss Behavin'
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Better to earmark it yourself - Ron has quite the Manor of Chaos to head in the right direction this month as it is......
Seymour Tabin
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12 posted 08-06-99 12:36 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Like teddy said walk soft and carry a big bag of poetry. But does it all have to be so good?
Andrew Scott
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Sir Balladeer: Ditto to all the above, that is with the exception of those two who are out to get you. Another fine piece with a beautiful view. Thanks

Toe & LJ: I understand he trains attack dogs. Just thought you should know before you go on your hunt.
Balladeer
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14 posted 08-06-99 08:37 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you all for your wonderful replies and for excusing my bad timing. It ain't my fault. That damn Toerag and LongJohn have got me spouting out Christmas poems in August just to stay up with them. JEEZ!
Sally S.
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~sigh~ Now see, you made me search for kleenex once again! (sniffles) Such a touching poem, Balladeer...you really are something. (When I come up with the perfect word or phrase to describe you, I'll let you know.)
Lovely.
~one voice~
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Balladeer, I can sit and think of so many awful things mankind can do, yet you always seem to remind of the wonderful things mankind can do as well. Thank you for this reminder! I do appreciate your words.

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~onevoice~

"She looked at her life
like lines, never-ending,
constantly forming,
reforming and bending."


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Balladder, i hate to confess it...but you give me shivers down my spine without ever touching my skin
Poetwheel
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As usual I enjoy your poetry tremendously...is this based on fact or fiction?

PW

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You know, Balladeer, this one has to be my favorite of all your poems. I could almost feel the snow and the frosty winter sky. Great imagery, loved it! Is it ok if I add this to my collection of works by other favorite authors of mine?
Balladeer
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20 posted 08-09-99 11:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Artur, please do, with my appreciation. Thank you.

Poetwheel, the girl's name was Muffy and she didn't have a tree (because her family couldn't afford one and , here in Florida we can't go out and chop one down). The rest of the story is, of course, made up. I gave the poem to her father and, later on, he had it laminated and it still hangs on their living room wall each Christmas season.
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21 posted 11-09-2000 08:01 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Oh Balladeer a wonderful poem and reminder things aren't as bad as they seem.  That there are many out there worse off than we are.  A special poem that should be made into a kids book!!  Thanks so much for sharing it.
Isis

*I believe every time you put your words to paper, you change. Each feeling is set free, and you may follow.....*
~Isis~~Sovereign of the Spirit.
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'Deer dear heart, taking the chance to put the ones that I forgot to in my library. I remember reading this as a repost, but oh how beautiful it is. Didn't I say so at Christmas? I'm sure I did, I certianly loved it then, but being that, I'm as absent minded as old Henry, (Or his female compatriot Herrietta, you know Ms Dick, I failed to place it in my library then. So now seems as good as an opportunity as any. In fact the lord alone knows when I'll have such an abundance of time.

Excellent writing beautifully executed and presented. You are very good.    
Take care
love as always
Mushy
  

Take back the hope you gave,- I claim
Only a memory of the same
Robert Browning


 
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