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No Tree For Muffy...repost for Christmas

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Balladeer
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( 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.

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-05-1999 09:54 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: You have a heart of pure gold and it sparkles just like stars do..

Goodnight..HUSG

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...

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Yes, a loving heart shines through every word! Simply beautiful.  

 Denise


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Balladeer - this a tearjerker! In a happy kind of way. Here is a story of my own that seems fitting. One year when I was about 7 my Mum (Mom   )had separated from my Dad and we were so poor that at christmas she decorated our rubbertree plant - so she could use the money to buy me some presents instead. That rubbertree was the most beautiful tree I've had yet - because it came right from Mum's heart. Thanks for this 'Deer.
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4 posted 12-05-1999 10:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Rainbow and Denise....your words are music to me. Thank you both.

Severn, that's a wonderful story. The best gifts are always the gifts from the heart. The rest is window dressing. Thanks for sharing.

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.

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Great picture, Balladeer! The dog too! Is that a Golden Retriever? Sort of looks like my brother's Irish Setter, different color of course!

 Denise


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Balladeer -
Right straight to this lady's heart with this one.  So tender. So touching.
So you. I love it.
Made me go out and look at the stars to get the full effect.  WOW !


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Best gifts indeed are from the heart, and shared with friends.

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Jesus is the reason for the season

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This definetly touched my heart.....a wonderful piece Balladeer...

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!


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Absolutely beautiful and may your holidays be just as bright as Muffy's was.

 If you love me like music, I'll be your song.
~Heart~ Dreamboat Annie

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10 posted 12-06-1999 04:02 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, Marge, dovey, Pepper and WildChild. I appreciate your comments.

Yes, Denise, a golden Lab, unfortunately recently passed away. But he'll be there by my side as long as I'm posting on this site.
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I'm sorry for your loss, Balladeer. The Irish Setter is gone now too. It's too bad they can't live as long as their owners do. It's a lovely sentiment to have him with you in the picture.

 Denise




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You're as good as they get, my Deer....
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I remember this, is as beautiful to me  now as the first time posted  
 
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