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Christmas Time's Around the Bend

The time has come to string the lights and decorate the tree, Fix-up the barn an' house a mite for all the folks to see, Cause Christmas time's around the bend, an' Santa's underway A-makin' toys for girls an' boys, an' gifts to fill his sleigh. The widder Jones, from down the road, her cook-stove's bellerin' smoke, She makes tamales ever year for passin' city-folk. But through the year she cusses 'em for just a-passin' by, An' raisin’ dust she’s gotta to sweep when that ol' road is dry. The school put on their annual play and that turned into fun. They cast my nephew as the babe; he played the Holy Son! The Wise Men never had a chance. They got a real surprise, When baby Jesus tossed his milk an' caught one in the eyes. But ever year I'm still amazed by changes folks can make, Like Mister Groves, a stubborn coot I'd often like to shake. He turns a leaf at Christmas time, an' acts just like a saint, He'll drive to town an' do for folks that's crippled, sick an' cain't. On Christmas Day, the kids in town get stockings filled with loot. For some it's still a mystery but it's that "stubborn coot". I saw him late one Christmas Eve a-tendin' to the chore; For ever kid, in ever house, he left one at the door. It never snows on Christmas Day, it's mostly never missed. No sleighs to ride or sleds to slide, the things could fill a list, But there's no other place on Earth at any time of year That holds a light to what we have, the people livin' here. We've shared our lives an' memories, each dream, desire an' plan. We've touched each other ever way that God designed for man. With all their strengths and weaknesses, we love 'em still the same When Christmas time's around the bend, an' times that have no name.

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  1. Date: 1/29/2010 8:28:00 PM
    Great wrting in the humorous vein, JIm. I had you recommended to me by my new friend Robert and now I see why. Gosh, you write your funny lines like he does his!! ARe you going to post some new ones soon? Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 4:06:00 PM
    Great Christmas write sounds so inviting. Keep the creative and magical pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 6:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well-deserved win in Carolyn's contest, Jim! Peace and love, Audrey Merry Christmas! Peace and love, Audrey

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 12:00:00 PM
    Jim, your poems are just awesome, congratulations on your win in Carolyn's contest >> James

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 7:31:00 AM
    Jim, please send me your email address so I can send you your winner's certificate. Much love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/1/2009 10:55:00 PM
    I knew this would be a winner! Congrats, Jim!! Hugs, Donna

  1. Date: 12/1/2009 7:19:00 PM
    I realy like this one Jim. It would do well in Cowboy Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 12/1/2009 3:50:00 PM
    Congrats, Jim, on your winning poem in Carolyn's contest.. well deserved win.. blessings.. luv.. Linda-Marie "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 11/28/2009 6:55:00 PM
    Very nice poem...enjoyed..I'm just now getting around to reading Christmas Poems...Marty

  1. Date: 10/31/2009 9:42:00 PM
    Jim, this is a wonderful tribute to the true meaning of Christmas. Sharing the gifts of love and kindness with an open heart! I hope that you have entered this in Carolyn's contest! Hugs, Donna

  1. Date: 10/29/2009 4:15:00 PM
    Howdy stranger, excellent Jim > not much more i can say. All the best in Carolyn's contest >> James

  1. Date: 10/24/2009 11:19:00 AM
    Great writing for a most wonderful time of year BUT, can we do Halloween and Thanksgiving first ... LOL ... thanks for bringing your talent to the Soup, Jim !!

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 5:56:00 PM
    nicely penned

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 8:10:00 AM
    What a wonderful poem....what a wonderful place to live and share the Christmas season!! My kind of place....I would enjoy living and knowing those folks you write about!!! PS Kuddos to you with that wonderful winning 3rd place poem in the Soup contest!! Hooray for you and all the amazing winners !!! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 8:06:00 AM
    Very nicely done, Jim. Thanks for supporting my contest! Love, Carolyn Also, congratulations on your third place win in the June 1 Poetry Soup contest!

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 12:50:00 AM
    You clearly start early Jim.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments & kind words