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Poet deVine
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0 posted 06-06-2000 12:37 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


I turned out the lights and lit the tree,
Then settled back, just Rover and me.
The family is scattered here and there,
Christmas is lonely - but I don’t really care.

No noisy unwrapping of gifts will I hear,
No stacks of dishes after dinner this year.
The lights flicker, the tinsel gleams,
The perfect Christmas, or so it seems.

Then at my door came a timid tapping,
Startled, I jumped, as though I was napping.
I opened the door and to my amazement,
A small crowd stood on my front pavement.

An old man, wrinkled and gray,
Stepped forward as though he had something to say.
“We thank you kindly for having us
To share the joy your Christmas.”

I stepped back and they filed past,
There were eighteen people, from first to last.
The laughter welled up as they settled down,
They looked at my face, and saw my grim frown.

“You want us here, don’t you sir?”
Asked a child quietly, as they began to stir.
“Well, I don’t know,” I started to say,
Then wondered, why not? It’s almost Christmas day.

I had no turkey with them to share
So I fixed what I had - - they didn’t care.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, tuna casserole too.
I even served a can of Spam or two.

After we ate, they began to sing,
And suddenly, you  know, it was the strangest thing -
The tree seemed brighter, the air more clear..
I began to fill up with holiday cheer.

I dug in the closet for discarded clothes,
For books and toys …I’d always kept those.
I handed them out, a smile on my face,
I really never had such joy in this place.

I settled them down - wherever - to bed…
A child’s prayer was softly being said.
The lights on the tree reflected the glow
Of the happiest Christmas I’ll ever know.

I awoke from the dream to find myself alone…
I immediately jumped up and reached for the phone.
I dialed quickly, my heart beating fast.
The true joy of Christmas, I’d found at last.

You see, no matter how little you give,
It brings joy to those with no place to live.
So open your home and open your heart
Christmas is … the place to start.

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Member Rara Avis
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1 posted 06-06-2000 12:41 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I like it too, Poet deVine! What a sweet story.


 And this I say to you: why? Why? Just tell me why, so I can understand. Why?

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2 posted 06-06-2000 12:42 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

Sharon, I can certainly see why you picked
this as your favorite. What a beautiful
poem - and so right!  Blessings are blessings
in the givings to those that need.

Give until it hurts!

Beautifully written!

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3 posted 06-06-2000 12:50 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ah, how well I remember this one! I think I might just snatch this one, if you don't mind?  
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4 posted 06-06-2000 12:51 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

And you are deVine.
This is just perfect ...
and just think ....
it's Christmas in June !
Love ya'

 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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5 posted 06-06-2000 12:54 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

This is such a terrific poem, deVine one. Every day of knowing you is Christmas  
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6 posted 06-06-2000 02:28 AM       View Profile for Alle'cram   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alle'cram

Awesome! The true meaning of Christmas. I thank you for this one. The true meaning of life.  Blessings to you, marcy
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7 posted 06-06-2000 02:42 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

you are the queen of story telling Poet D
wondeful poem of spirit and love.
thank you for sharing it for the challenge
later-queen bee-gator

 I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - that I know too much
I can't relate and that's a problem
I'm feeling ...
If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home
There's an awful lot of breathing room
But I can hardly move
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
cuz there's a little bit of something me...
In everything in you.

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~

Dark Angel
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8 posted 06-06-2000 05:24 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Sharon I can see why this is yor favourite, it is absolutely beautiful! loved it!  

 Je t'aime plus qu'hier et moins que demain."
I love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow

Kit McCallum
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9 posted 06-06-2000 05:34 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Wonderful poem Poet deVine ... for Christmas and "every" day!

Best wishes,
ellie LeJeune
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10 posted 06-06-2000 09:54 AM       View Profile for ellie LeJeune   Email ellie LeJeune   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ellie LeJeune

Dear Sharon; This is definitely a Classic! Promise to post this again at the Christmas holidays to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas, although I know I can use the reminder all year. Wonderful! Love, Ellie


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11 posted 06-06-2000 10:01 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is fantastic, Sharon! I agree, definitely has 'classic' quality!  

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12 posted 06-06-2000 10:31 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

yep, this is great....sigh, have been trying to think if I had a favorite poem, but can't decide on, if I had one of this quality I would have no problem deciding *s* great poem!
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13 posted 06-06-2000 01:59 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

No question why it is your favorite poem.
A wonderful tale splendidly written.
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14 posted 06-06-2000 02:06 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

PdV, classics suit you...and I'm looking for a repost on December 1 [What Forum will we be in, 8, 9?] and I will do my best to "grinch" this back to the top often enough!


~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

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15 posted 06-06-2000 02:08 PM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

I can see why this one is your
favorite! I loved it! You truly
do know how to write a story in true
poetic form! My hat's off to you lady.
Great poem!

 "Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is before you can meet again. And meeting again after a moment or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends."

"Fate exists but it can only take you so far,
Because once you're there
It's up to you to make it happen."

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