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Elizabeth
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0 posted 12-16-1999 07:06 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

The snow had freshly fallen and the stars above shone bright
Against the darkened sky that bitter winter's night.
I walked outside all by myself, the wind bit at my face,
And I wondered how on Earth could I ever find God's grace.
Well, the weather was just perfect for this season of good will
Towards men, but of man's hatred I had truly had my fill.
I walked and walked around, but still I could not find
A bit of sense for day's events to bring me peace of mind.
And so back inside I wandered, ny heart heavy as a stone-
The hurt and fear and anger had not dulled, but rather grown.
I opened up the side door, warm air hit me like a load,
And closed my eyes to shield them from the light of my abode.
From distance in the frosty air I heard a Christmas song
And knew that wand'ring carolers would come to me ere long.
Not in the mood for Christmas cheer, I prayed that they would skip
My humbel home and pass on to the next house on their trip.
The prayer it was not answered, for I heard the doorbell ring
I opened wide the door and the group began to sing
A song of Christmas bells, of good will toward men and peace
On Earth-and then, in wonder, I felt my anger cease.
A sense of calm came o'er me like a sweet and peaceful dove
I knew hurt and hate could not prevail, instead it would be love
That would reign over us at Christmas, as had been done before.
The carolers had now finished; they went on, I closed my door.
I looked out at the soft white snow, above the stars shone bright,
The carolers' song had calmed me, I knew things would be all right.

12-16-99


 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



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1 posted 12-16-1999 08:20 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

What a great poem to read at the end of a hectic day! I sure needed this! And it reminds me of the one time I went caroling in the Michigan snow...our school choir went out one night and we had more fun together! Some of the people wanted to invite us in - there were 40 of us! Then we went back to the school for cookies and hot chocolate! Thanks for bringing back this memory for me!  
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2 posted 12-16-1999 08:23 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Of course PdV! Sure sounds like fun-I haven't gone caroling or sung in choir in ages. Well, thank yo for reading and for your comment.  

 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

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3 posted 12-16-1999 11:20 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I loved this! I could just picture it, and what a calm you've brought over me too! Thanks Elizabeth!

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4 posted 12-17-1999 12:24 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Well, I must say, Elizabeth, this was certainly worth the wait! How beautiful! This is Christmas Classic quality! Very well done, my friend!  

 Denise


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5 posted 12-17-1999 10:02 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Elizabeth...this is a Wonderful piece
I agree with Denise....definetly "Christmas Classic quality"!!
  

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6 posted 12-17-1999 05:14 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

WhtDove-I am glad of the effect it had and that you enjoyed it!

Denise-thank you very much, my friend!

Pepper-thanks you too, my friend!

Merry Christmas everyone!

                      

 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

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7 posted 12-17-1999 09:32 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Amen to all previous replies.  a real joy to be able to share your work.
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8 posted 12-17-1999 10:46 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Why, thank you, Sandgrain...glad to be able to share in your work as well.

 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

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9 posted 11-23-2000 07:57 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

True story, guys...just bumping up this one along with other Christmas poems.

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10 posted 11-24-2000 04:41 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

This is great!



I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I hate your socks. I'd like to burn them!

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11 posted 11-26-2000 10:50 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Thanks for your comment Dopey.  

Elizabeth
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12 posted 11-28-2000 07:23 PM       View Profile for BSC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BSC

A beautiful Christmas treasure Elizabeth ~ I could feel the peace... Bonnie
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13 posted 11-29-2000 11:11 AM       View Profile for Startime   Email Startime   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Startime's Home Page   View IP for Startime

Bravo!!The spirit of Christmas shines through this poem bringing a softness to my own heart.
I have a Christmas forum at my poetry site and would love to invite you to post your wonderful Christmas poems there. Just click on the Christmas Forum listed on the left of the screen. I look forward to seeing you there. http://path2riches.com
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The power that music has on us is amazing, isn't it? It works the best this time of the year. You do a great job of describing it. Thanks for posting!

"Where there is great love there are always miracles" -Cather
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15 posted 11-29-2000 07:15 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Bonnie~thank you, I'm glad you could feel it.

Startime~thanks for reading, and for the invitation...I'll check it out.

LoveBug~thanks to you as well, music does have an awful lot of influence on us doesn't it?

Elizabeth
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16 posted 11-30-2000 08:18 AM       View Profile for BloomingRose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BloomingRose

I love the title. When I read the poem and thought of how life can pull us down, yet how quickly peace can abound when we open our hearts, I felt myself surrender to the sweetness this poem suggest.
Loved it.
Deb
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17 posted 11-30-2000 11:22 AM       View Profile for warmhrt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for warmhrt

Beautiful...just beautiful, Liz. You certainly have captured one of the moments of the holidays here perfectly.

Kris

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18 posted 11-30-2000 11:45 AM       View Profile for Suzanne Arlene   Email Suzanne Arlene   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Suzanne Arlene

That was a beautiful poem. Put me in a Christmas mood. It is a great time of year i think.Thank you for sharing it Suzanne
 
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