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A Christmas Carol

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John Yaws
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0 posted 12-25-1999 01:52 AM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

I sat and watched a movie-
It’s called “A Christmas Carol”-
It’s moral seems so very plain
Ignore it at your peril...

There’s more to life than getting gain-
Success is measured more-
By what you give to others
Than what you keep in store.

The “ghost of Christmas Past” it seems
Reminds us what we  lost-
Decisions made, we now regret-
Reveals the awful cost.

Vows we made, and then we broke-
Plans which went agee-
Detours on the road of life-
The things which made me Me.

And “Christmas Present” I suppose-
Reveals the way things are.
And warns us of redress to make
Before they go too far.

And “Christmas Yet to Come”? Oh, my
So dismal and alone-
A death unmourned, a life un-missed-
A name upon a stone.

What is your life? a tiny dash-
Twixt dates upon a stone-
The pen of life does write but once-
Before it’s ink is gone.

Our legacy...upon this earth-
Cannot be judged by gain-
And riches found within a bank-
Which at our death remain...

True wealth is measured by the tracks
One leaves upon the land.
And how we lived, and if we loved
Our neighbor, fellow man....

In closing I would lift a toast-
Like Tiny Tim, so small....
And that toast is: “God bless us!
God bless us, one and all”!
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Marge Tindal
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1 posted 12-25-1999 02:22 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Slinger -
You continually amaze me with the scope of your writing. What an array of thoughts you pen.  

This line tells it all -

'The pen of life does write but once-
Before it’s ink is gone.'

Pretty darned good, cowboy !

I intend to leave tracks ..
love a neighbor ..
and live my 'dash'.

Merry Christmas morning to you
from Florida sunshine !
Love ~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Dark Angel
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2 posted 12-25-1999 08:49 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Gunslinger, this is terrifc loved it. Well Done

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


Pepper
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since 08-19-99
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3 posted 12-25-1999 09:16 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Excellent!!
Enjoyed this much  

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


Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
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4 posted 12-25-1999 10:00 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

You have a prolific pen, my friend, of truth
Liz
Denise
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5 posted 12-25-1999 12:44 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

'What is your life? a tiny dash-
Twixt dates upon a stone-'

Wow! Fantastic! So many things you write I wish I had! And this is one example!  


 Denise


Elizabeth
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6 posted 12-25-1999 02:30 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

"All that you take with you is that which you've given away."

It's a wonderful life, is it not?

 Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail-
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
-Oliver Wendell Holmes


Jim Hastings
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since 12-22-1999
Posts 24
Arizona


7 posted 12-25-1999 11:02 PM       View Profile for Jim Hastings   Email Jim Hastings   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jim Hastings

Well done.
What is freely given always comes back.

Sally S.
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8 posted 12-25-1999 11:50 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Just wonderful!  I wish I had a wider range of vocabulary!!  You're very talented, indeed.  Happy Holidays!!  
Nan
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9 posted 12-26-1999 08:30 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is one of my favorites from your extensive repertoire, my friend....
Balladeer
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10 posted 12-26-1999 12:19 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

True words spoken in impeccable form. Best wishes to you, slinger.
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11 posted 04-15-2005 03:09 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

hey cowboy...this is just a fnatastic write

I wish it were Christmas so you could repost this, but do remember this when Christmas comes again
Artic Wind
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Realm of Supernatural


12 posted 11-12-2007 04:15 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Merry christmas

ARCTIC WIND
 
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