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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

He looks at the cards hung over the fire
Suspended in air by the finest of wire
One from his wife, his children and friends
Christmas he loves and he’s sad when it ends

Ceilings are decked with the seasonal trim
The tree is all set, baubled to the brim
Presents are wrapped, all ready to give
It’s that time of year he loves to relive

He sits by the tree and a fire lit ball
The image reflects of the babe in the stall
A donkey is there, the parents look on
Surrounded by shepherds and kings in a throng

He see’s the whole story, slowly unfold
As each in their turn, gives baby a hold
And the great star above shines brightly and new
And the world is at peace for a moment or two

He then see’s the past when his children were young
The house full of laughter and carols were sung
When visitors called for a glass of best sherry
Good cheer was abroad and everyone merry

Now the children have grown and live far away
No more with new toys will he see them play
His wife had passed on, a long time before
Each year that passes, he misses her more

Then the ball on the tree shows him all alone
In the house that was once his family’s home
Rolls a tear from his eye, drips from his chin
Does somebody, somewhere, still think of him?

He leans back in his chair and his eye catches sight
Of the cards he hangs there each Christmas night
Suspended in air by the finest of wire
He looks at the old cards hung over the fire

A knock at the door brings him back to life
He answers and finds it’s the ghost of his wife
“They’re not coming to you, so we’ll go to them”
It’s our turn to travel to Bethlehem”

From my place on the tree, the room I survey
Though he’s still sitting there, he’s on his way
To watch over those he loves above all
But, he’ll never forget what he saw in this ball.


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  1. Date: 1/15/2014 9:48:00 PM

    RICHARD, Congrats, with your EPIC CHRISTMAS is winning poem... TAKE CARE :) ~SKAT~

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 2/6/2014 6:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hiya Skat, this catching up is taking longer than I thought, don't ever give soup a break lol, Thanks for stopping by. Take care, Richard
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 3:19:00 PM

    touching melody, richard.. way to go.. sweet congrats!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 2/6/2014 6:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Nette, Sorry for late reply just getting back into soup, thanks for the comment, like it. Take care, Richard
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 1:09:00 PM

    super story Richard congrats on win Shadow x smile hug

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 2/6/2014 6:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello again Linda, just catching up on my comments after being out a while and you're here again. Thanks very much. Take care, Richard
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 4:27:00 AM

    Enjoyed your epic poem and congrats on the win, Richard

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 2/6/2014 6:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Doc Thanks for dropping by with your congrats, Take care, Richard
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 2:35:00 AM

    My heartfelt congratulations my dear friend, Richard ! Biggest hugs! Thank you so much for your support. Happy, Happy New Year and Advance Happy Three Kings! love lots, Leonora

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 2/6/2014 6:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Leonora, I have been out of soup a while, just catching up, Thanks for the placement, much appreciated, I enjoyed writing this one. Take care, Richard
  1. Date: 12/27/2013 10:48:00 AM

    hey did this ever get entered into PD's Christmas contest? It's one of the best I saw for the season. A different kind of Xmas poem but I sure love it.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/30/2013 11:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hiya Petal, No I didn't enter it in PDs, I put in Leonora's, I don't do many contests but this seemed to suit that one so had a go at it
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 10:24:00 AM

    An heartfelt Christmas story! Indeed you touched life with this nostagic quill! Bravo Richard!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/26/2013 7:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks OA, much appreciate your comment, will be stopping by yours soon
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 11:12:00 AM

    This is a very touching write, Richard....So nostalgic...and...sad. I wonder at the inspiration behind this write. I read it a while back, but have come to add my voice to all those who have posted below in admiration of your work. Interesting work.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/26/2013 7:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Eileen, I was just sitting by the tree late one evening and wondered how many people will spend Christmas alone, and it spilled from there. There are so many great poets on this site, to be honest I'm humbled to be in their presence. Erm .. that includes you my dear.
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 7:51:00 AM

    - A enjoyable and beautiful Christmas story Richard! - Thanks for the many beautiful poems from you in 2013 - I greatly appreciate your poems and your visits to my poems. - I wish you and your loved ones a delightful Christmas - All the best for the year 2014 ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/26/2013 7:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Anne Lise and likewise I have so enjoyed reading your work this last year and look forward to seeing many more
  1. Date: 12/21/2013 6:04:00 PM

    Richard....7 stars is not enough...You touched my heart.You are indeed an artist . Double fav's. Merry Christmas, chuck

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/21/2013 6:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Chuck, I wanted this to touch people, if I have succeded in that I'm happy. I'll be round to see you again. If not before then Merry Christmas to you and yours
  1. Date: 12/21/2013 9:06:00 AM

    Nope, the bed I like on is not so cozy!!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/21/2013 6:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you know, I never read a poem once, always at least twice, sometimes more, till I can see the depth and reflections of the write.
  1. Date: 12/21/2013 9:05:00 AM

    WOW, this is not the ghost of christmas present at the end there. . I LOVE this one from you, Richard. Such nostalgia and sadness. And the perfect ending.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/21/2013 6:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Petal, I really appreciate your comments and your unwavering support, has meant a great deal to me.
  1. Date: 12/21/2013 2:54:00 AM

    Beautiful story, beautiful poem.... May all your days be merry and bright and may your Christmas be peaceful and white.... God Bless ..... Ellie

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/21/2013 6:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Ellie and hello, I try to make all my days merry and bright and Christmas specially so, Merry Christmas to you.
  1. Date: 12/20/2013 6:18:00 PM

    You are always wonderful to me... Richard, I'm babbling from my phone. But I will be back on a later note to re-read the story above. hugs. .Linda

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 12/21/2013 6:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My Sweet Dark Friend, you babble with the beauty of a mountain stream in springtime :) Flow my way anytime.