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A Red Christmas Bike

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A Red Christmas Bike

It had been two days since Christmas
The one where the fates had granted me my fondest wish
A shiny, red, Schwinn bicycle..... a basket in the front, and a bell to ring

On that cold December night, the sky was stained by the color of trepidation
I remember my young mother leaving her warm bed at three in the morning
rousing us all with calm haste

Deep red reflections seeped through the mud-splashed window screens
as she shooed us downstairs, down the raw-grained stairs, 
not tying her robe, pushing from behind with her two hands
out onto the back porch, into the frost of the wee, early light
Then, we stood and watched the fire from a safe distance, 
as it consumed our garage.  And, my bike.

From the frame of the doorway, and the top step's narrow slat
she enveloped me in her folds of chenille to keep me from shivering.
The cool of her hand on my shoulders,
watching my dad in his attempt with a hose
warning him to keep safe,
while sounds of sirens wailed in the distance

When I looked up into her face, with anxious eyes
I remember her soft, reassuring voice 
"Hush now, don't cry"
"We'll find another one, just like it"

Then, I remember looking down, at her bare feet
turning blue in the cold


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  1. Date: 12/27/2014 10:12:00 AM
    Nice win Carrie...PD

  1. Date: 12/13/2014 7:07:00 PM
    Geez Carrie, my bike memory was a sad one too, I hope you did get warm again & at some point the red bike but oh what a great mother, she is the real gift. Happy Holy Days. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/13/2014 2:44:00 PM
    many congratulations Carrie made me quite emotional :-) Hugs Jan x

  1. Date: 12/12/2014 10:34:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Carrie! :)Cheers Vicki

  1. Date: 12/12/2014 8:30:00 PM
    Carrie, congratulations on your 1st Place win for your very emotional narrative of a sad time in your life. I loved the last line..."her bare feet turning blue in the cold..." A tribute to what mothers will endure for love and protection of family. Hugs, Sandra

  1. Date: 12/12/2014 8:03:00 PM
    Carrie congratulations on your win

  1. Date: 12/12/2014 7:12:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie. I really enjoyed your story. It brought tears to my eyes thinking about it.

  1. Date: 12/12/2014 2:32:00 PM
    Such an intense moment for a child, a marker for sure, thank you for entering my contest, you poem filled me with empathy, and love, congrats Carrie xxx

  1. Date: 12/1/2013 7:08:00 AM
    A great story shared in this excellent poem of yours my dear friend Carrie! Thank u so much for sharing! My biggest hearty congratulations on your super win! love lots and big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 11/30/2013 7:35:00 PM
    An impressive poem Carrie.Works of established poets are supposed to be so.Great poem to cherish. : ) Jenish.

  1. Date: 11/29/2013 10:21:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie..well done

  1. Date: 11/29/2013 7:21:00 PM
    I knew this would win! fav phrase [enveloped me in her folds of chenille ] Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/29/2013 12:07:00 PM
    - Congratulations on your winning poem in: - BRIEF, UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT / / Nette Onclaud contest. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 11/28/2013 12:44:00 PM
    Carrie, you made a masterpiece from your memories!

  1. Date: 11/26/2013 3:07:00 PM
    Wow Carry, you must have been so scared, and yet so proud of your Mom& Dad . Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/26/2013 10:01:00 AM
    Awwwwwww! This was a very deep & memorable moment for you. I got many goosebumps & deep vibes from this read. Beautiful job!

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 8:56:00 PM
    Beautiful Carrie, kind of like mine..I cen empathize.. Beautifully written. BG

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 8:01:00 PM
    oh carrie, you have nailed this one! such a poignant memory and such an amazingly moving poem. every detail was perfect, from the untied robe to the feet turning blue. bravo! (i hope you got another red bike...)

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 7:47:00 PM
    Very poignant emotions displayed of a brief unforgettable moment