Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Christmas Poem


 I’m afraid my Christmas spirit has fizzled just like those blow-up Santas and snowmen people put in their front yards at this time of year that lie in airless puddles each morning.
Trying to come up with something to write about, I got some old photo albums that I hoped might inspire me.  Much to my surprise, one of them turned out  to be full of poems composed by my mother that I hadn’t read in years. 
Unlike the doggerel verse I write, my mother’s poetry was… what shall I say, serious?  Much of it she successfully published.  When I came upon a poem she’d written about Christmas,  I realized it expressed the same sort of feelings I’m having about this season, so… no column this week, but best wishes for a joyful Christmas.
       Christmas Thoughts
          Alice Dickinson Robinson
Dear Lord, forgive the clutterings we strew
Across an hour that once was clean and bare;
The gilt and tinsel trappings hang anew
Upon a truth so humbly nurtured there;
Forgive the meaning lost, the word mislaid
In all the fevered rush of this bazaar
And quicken foolish children who have made,
With backs to heaven, a wistful paper star.
The Three are gone; so many men are wise;
Half-heartedly, confused by myriad ways
We face the East – The wonder-flooded skies
Are dark… we rest upon our shallow days.
Forgive that we are sheep who nibble sod
And not the Shepherd, searching out his God.
                AND A PROSPEROUS 2013



  1. Nice poem for all women who try so hard to make Christmas special for their families. It isn't easy and can be very wearing in the process. Just know someone is out there thinking of you and caring that you take the time to write these missives!

    1. two shining slivers of crescent moon in perfect ink blue skies we've had the past two nights ... hope they made you smile...don't let the drear creep in today....

  2. Awww so lovely, and so cute! Thanks for sharing this beautiful christmas poem.

    Happy holidays!
    Anne Walker
    Short Christmas Poems

  3. Nice christmas poem you got there, thank you for sharing.


  4. Been spending time searching for the best Christmas greetings messages and card samples, or maybe gift ideas as early as now. Would like to express my love for those who've supported me the whole year round. Thanks for some ideas here!. :)