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Good Tidings

It's twelve days before Christmas, Love, and I am sitting here,
the hearth fire is burning bright, but on my cheek they're tears.
I hold the conch shell to my ear and call for you my dear.
Out across the briny deep a tempest cries beware.

The entry hall is full of garland, pine, spruce and mistletoe
The mirrors are all draped with ribbons, the brass all aglow
I hold the conch shell to me ear and stare out at the snow
remembering our last parting, I begged you not to go.

"Captain" said I "can you not see you take my heart from me?"
In his hand I placed a lock of hair, and a mustard seed.
He handed me a pearly conch shell from the Isle of Capri,
and bid me listen for his love song from the Southern Sea.

For twelve days, I've climbed stairs to the widows walk on high,
I clasp the token to my chest and search the sea near-by
So sad, yet sweet the mermaids sang, they of sailor's gone by.
They sang in sympathy, a song of longing with breathy sighs.

The cliff fires burn so bright now, he's coming on the tide.
The church bells are ringing now, soon they'll at anchor lie.
Had he heard me, had he called, had it been a dream I scryed?
T'was Christmas Eve and in the snow, he's landing with the tide.

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  1. Date: 1/8/2013 4:45:00 PM
    Debbie, congratulations in Kim's "Here We Go A Caroling " contest.. a fun poem with flow... always~ PD

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 2:53:00 PM
    Beautiful and lovely piece,Debbie.Congrats on your superb win....Check for typo on line3 of d last stanza..Kudos to you,great friend and poet...

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 10:43:00 AM
    Wonderful write Debbie, congrats on your special win xxx

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 9:23:00 AM
    This is number one in my book of poems! A great entry to Kim's contest...congratulations!

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 9:19:00 AM
    great poem...congrats on your win...

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 9:12:00 AM
    I love this, Debbie. The imagery is gorgeous and the story is very sweet. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 9:00:00 AM
    Debbie, I loved the story. Very well written! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 12/15/2012 10:12:00 PM
    This is "awesome" Debbie,,,, as I was reading ,I was hearing the song "Brandy" by Looking Glass;} and also I used to read historical romances ;}

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:26:00 PM
    What a beautiful picture you paint with this very touching poem, Deb. Yes! I am alive and well. I hope to return to the soup in the New Year, time permiting. I am going to Vancouver in July of the New Year to meet my birth daughter. Finally coming full circle after all these years. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season dear friend. Love and Light, Elaine

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 6:09:00 PM
    Love this! Very beautiful. Hope you had a better day today. - Light and Love to you, too, Gail

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 2:18:00 AM
    Fantastic poem from one of the great poet on PS. I like it so much my friend Debbie. Have a blessed day always!! Hugs! :)

  1. Date: 12/3/2012 2:38:00 PM
    I live in a military sea port and was a navy wife. I live in a city that has houses that are old and still bare the widows walk. I have many times been told stories about the widows walk especially after loosing a loved one and friends to the sea. I found this version quite warm and lovely. Huggs TLee

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 11:28:00 PM
    Wow! This is great work Debbie. I love it!

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 2:50:00 PM
    Debbie, you sound like a real poet to me. You've cleverly mixed Christmas, romance and nature to make a good poem. Most interest stanza: "Captain" said I "can you not see you take my heart from me" In his hand I placed a lock of hair, and a mustard seed. He handed me a pearly conch shell from the Isle of Capri and bid me listen for his love song from the Southern Sea. Thanks, Debbie for your fine comments on my poem, Autumn Daunting.

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 9:50:00 AM
    You chose a great way to do that theme, Debs. Very uniquely inspired poetry with lovely flow! glad to see you use many quatrains. I was not clear on the rule but hopefully she won't mind more than one. I think this one will score high.

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 7:48:00 AM
    Debbie - I like the simplicity of this one. "been a dream I scryed" is lovely (after I had a look at the dictionary). You've captured sadness and longing in words so smooth. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 2:39:00 AM
    Debbie just wonderful, very good flow, me likes....David

  1. Date: 12/1/2012 10:39:00 PM
    Love the rhymes and the sentimental write, xxx

  1. Date: 12/1/2012 6:45:00 PM
    a beautiful poem with a touch of poignancy.Enjoyed the read.Soupmail returned.

  1. Date: 12/1/2012 6:43:00 PM
    i am first here ......