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Venezuelan Christmas - In Memory

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Poet deVine
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0 posted 11-18-2000 10:24 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Poet deVine

MasterCard is maxed again
Tis the season to be jolly
Tie the tree 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


(Written last year in memory of those who were killed or left homeless by the Venezulan floods)

[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 11-18-2000).]
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1 posted 11-18-2000 12:19 PM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

Oh, this is so well written and hits hard!
A grim reminder that our lives are much more precious than anything money can buy...
Thank-you for sharing this again.
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2 posted 11-18-2000 01:39 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

It does hit hard...a reminder of what's truly important.

Elizabeth
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3 posted 11-18-2000 02:57 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Sharon, this is such a sad piece. This really makes me appreciate everything that I have. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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4 posted 11-19-2000 03:10 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

A magnificent rendering of extreme sweet and sour conditions!  It's difficult to genuinely appreciate the horrors experienced in those dreadful floods.  Thank you for this kind reminder.  Rae
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5 posted 11-20-2000 01:49 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

I remember this Sharon wow how time passes... Very nice and just so powerful
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6 posted 11-24-2000 04:04 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

This was so sad.........but great nonetheless.
I loved it.



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

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