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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


Santa Claus


Blog Posted:12/14/2013 5:22:00 PM
You know giving little gifts to folks who don't expect them is the most fum for me on Christmas. I'm going to give you Santa poems to prime the pump for my Santa Claus Contest!






A Ballad Of Santa Claus
A Santa Claus Poem by Henry Van Dyke

Among the earliest saints of old, before the first Hegira,
I find the one whose name we hold, St. Nicholas of Myra:
The best-beloved name, I guess, in sacred nomenclature,—
The patron-saint of helpfulness, and friendship, and good-nature.

A bishop and a preacher too, a famous theologian,
He stood against the Arian crew and fought them like a Trojan:
But when a poor man told his need and begged an alms in trouble,
He never asked about his creed, but quickly gave him double.

Three pretty maidens, so they say, were longing to be married;
But they were paupers, lack-a-day, and so the suitors tarried.
St. Nicholas gave each maid a purse of golden ducats chinking,
And then, for better or for worse, they wedded quick as winking.

Once, as he sailed, a storm arose; wild waves the ship surrounded;
The sailors wept and tore their clothes, and shrieked “We'll all be drownded!”
St. Nicholas never turned a hair; serenely shone his halo;
He simply said a little prayer, and all the billows lay low.

The wicked keeper of an inn had three small urchins taken,
And cut them up in a pickle-bin, and salted them for bacon.
St. Nicholas came and picked them out, and put their limbs together,—
They lived, they leaped, they gave a shout, “St. Nicholas forever!”

And thus it came to pass, you know, that maids without a nickel,
And sailor-lads when tempest blow, and children in a pickle,
And every man that's fatherly, and every kindly matron,
In choosing saints would all agree to call St. Nicholas patron.

He comes again at Christmas-time and stirs us up to giving;
He rings the merry bells that chime good-will to all the living;
He blesses every friendly deed and every free donation;
He sows the secret, golden seed of love through all creation.

Our fathers drank to Santa Claus, the sixth of each December,
And still we keep his feast because his virtues we remember.
Among the saintly ranks he stood, with smiling human features,
And said, “Be good! But not too good to love your fellow-creatures!”

I hope you have enjoyed todays Santa Verse?

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  1. Date: 12/16/2013 9:23:00 AM
    BRAVO! A definite hit... on my score board! Wonderfully, written piece! I'll be waiting for the next one tomorrow!

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  1. Date: 12/16/2013 7:13:00 AM
    Enjoyed that one...;)

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  1. Date: 12/15/2013 8:41:00 AM
    Thanks Craig I'll post another tomorrow! It's nice to remember how close humans can get to godliness

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  1. Date: 12/15/2013 7:51:00 AM
    Talented and informative! Thanks Deb

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 8:01:00 PM
    Goodness comes in all faiths and sizes ;)

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 7:10:00 PM
    He teaches to children to have faith in what they don't see or touch, Deb

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 5:32:00 PM
    Thank you Jack, yes a good role model!

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  1. Date: 12/14/2013 5:27:00 PM
    love this poem, Debs. St Nick is surely one of the most loveable saints

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