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Venezuelan Christmas

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Poet deVine
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MasterCard is maxed again
Tis the season to be jolly
Tie the tree tight to the roof
Fill the trunk with holly

Smothering mud all around
In his nose and eyes
His mouth will also fill
If it opens as he cries


A new doll for Molly
A train for little Steve
Pickup Auntie Mary
And hope she’ll really leave

His mother lay close
But her chest no longer rose
Her dying act was to breathe
Life in her young son’s nose


Turkey, ham and trimmings
Laden down the table
Stuffed, the family tries to rise
When fed, if they are able.

His tiny stomach grumbles
Even now he thinks of bread
Dying in Venezuelan mud
Buried alive with all the dead


Another year of giving and
The gifts were all a hit
Tummies full, TV on,
In front of the fire they sit.

Mud, cold and numbing
Suffocating him now
His tears mixing with mud
Making it wetter somehow


We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year

(sung to the tune of What Child is This)
Whose child is this that lies in mud?
His heart no longer beating
He’s no one’s child and everyone’s
Now Jesus, the child is greeting


An Angel was born this Christmas week….from the death of a Venezuelan baby  Remember……





[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 12-20-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Poet deVine - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 12-20-1999 07:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

PoetdeVine

You put an arrow in my heart with every other verse. We put so much emphasis on unimportant things.
This poem struck me down!
Liz

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2 posted 12-20-1999 07:42 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Extremely powerful, DeVine one, showing the comparison between the two. I lived in Venezuela for 8 years and daily we would drive past the thousands of mud shacks built on the sides of the mountains.  Each time there were strong rains, dozens would slide down the mountain side and people would die. They played Russian Roulette with the weather and hoped for the best because they were too poor to do anything else. A horrible way to live and a sad way to die. We should all count our blessings for what we have.

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

Marge Tindal
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PoetDivine -

Sort of brings our blessings into focus, doesn't it?  
We will remember with this gentle reminder.
Very lovely and very tragic.
This mother's heart cries at the loss.
~*Marge*~


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4 posted 12-20-1999 07:48 PM       View Profile for amandafoose   Email amandafoose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for amandafoose

excellent poem     it brings out the christmas spirit
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PDV: Your heart and soul shine through every single word!

We take so very much for granted..

HUSG



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Thank you all so much for your kind words. I've tweaked it a bit....I was crying as I wrote it and wanted to fix some things....
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7 posted 12-20-1999 08:25 PM       View Profile for samsonheart   Email samsonheart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for samsonheart

I have to agree with Marge, your poem sure brought things into focus.  Let our prayers go out tonight to those who are suffering.

samsonheart
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Devine what a heart tugger. Though I love how you did this. It really hit close here and shows what we have and how we tend to eat, drink and be merry without giving as much as a thought to what goes on with others. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

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Jesus is the reason for the season
Keep Christ in CHRISTmas

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Powerful piece. Sobering. What have any of us to complain about. Well done, PdV.

 Denise


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Thank you so much!  We all need to adjust our perspective to see what real problems and suffering are.  You helped us do it in such a beautiful way.
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o my what could i say....humbled   (please no christmas hat on the smile i am humbled after all!)
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This really hit my heart to think of all the children who never get anything and would love to have the so called problems that we're having.

--A Little Fairy--
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TIs a very sad christmas season these Venezueleans are going through.
Now that we are aware of the tragedy we should all try to help these poor people in any way we can to help them get through this nightmare that they are living.
This poem was very touching.
Thankyou for making us realize that there are so many unfortunate people that need are help.

 Words like violence
Break the silence
M.L. Gore
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Thank you all. I'm so glad this has touched you! I've seen the photos of what's happening in Venezuela and it breaks my heart!
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This is why I come here, thanks dear.
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Each poem is excellent... juxtaposed, they're incredibly powerful and heartbreaking. Typing through tears, I can only say Well Done, PDV!!
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this was wonderfully written and thought out...you really captured some feeling here Ms. deVine...and TomS said it all in a nutshell!
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Wow what a powerful message.  I reread this and reread this.  It really makes you stop and think.  Excellent poem PVD.
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Wow, this really makes you think. Thanks for the excellent reminder  
 
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