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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 08-01-2001 08:26 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos


Sleds

The food was scarce, the wind was cold
That snowy Christmas eve
The children had been often told
By youngsters who believe

That Santa Clause would place some toys
Beneath the Christmas tree
I couldn’t explain to little boys
That this would never be

And so I donned warm boots, wool hat
My gloves and coat of down
And walked in snow through alleys that
Would lead me into town

Once there, my eyes were quickly led
To window’s bright display
Of shiny sleds of royal red
Whose price I could not pay

What joy would fill two little heads
To slide on blades of dreams
But how to purchase two new sleds
was far beyond my means

Then through the window glazed with ice
About to turn and leave
A saw a sign ,”Sleds now half price”  
So late that Christmas eve

Overwhelmed with joy and bliss  
Known only to a few
I left the store in thankfulness
With brand new sleds for two

Two sleds in tow, I slowly tread
Through deep and frigid mounds
As bitter cold swept round my head
And snow piled on the ground

My feet and hands were numb and tired
But visions of my own
Consumed my mind with warmth of fire
As I was heading home

My steps grew short, my cheeks were burned
By icy bits of sleet
But all my joy as cold wind churned
Gave warmth to hands and feet

My destination still not near
With  blizzard growing strong
A blinding light somehow appeared
A friend had come along

She drove me to my small abode
In comfort of her car
And told me as we slowly rode
She’d watched me from afar

Her heart was torn to see me plod
Through blizzard Christmas Eve
How she would surely pray to God
My burdens to releave

Then offered kind heartfelt advice
Compassion at my plight
I shouldn’t be out alone in ice
That bitter windswept night

I listened silently and smiled
‘Twas I who pitied more
For she had not one precious child
To buy a present for

The happiness those moments wrought
Beside the Christmas tree
Would be denied to one who thought
My spirit was not free

I could not tell her all the joy
In hauling of a sled
Purchased for a little boy
With money meant for bread

Still she would find it hard to see
The fault in her advice
That drudging through the heavy snow
Was not a sacrifice

Somehow we were provided for
And blessed that Christmas Day
The deeds of love had rendered more
In God’s own silent way  

The joys have far outweighed the strife
The boys have grown to men
And if I had my choice in life
I’d do it all again

Elizabeth Santos
© Copyright 2001 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 08-02-2001 04:59 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

I liked this one! Well done!

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

Somewhere out there a cow is laughing at you

Poet deVine
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2 posted 08-04-2001 10:09 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Liz, this is a beautiful story...
Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
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Pennsylvania


3 posted 08-09-2001 02:12 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This is a true story
THanks
Liz
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4 posted 09-08-2001 03:03 AM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyce Johnson

This is a lovely true story.  I remember many christmas when there was not much but love to go around.  Joyce
 
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