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Published: 17th December 2021

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This poem was placed 1st= in B J Legros Kelley's "A Christmas Gift Memory" Poetry Contest 


behind the logs on this crackling fire the dulcet sound of a distant choir wakes up the child and times in me like lights around a Christmas tree and takes me back when sixties' chills left ice inside our window sills when Jesus lay behind the door of advent's number twenty four when the greatest present that we had was the presence of our mum and dad when love and laughter fun and games lit up the room just like these flames that dance each year to times gone by before they flicker, fade and die.

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Date: 1/12/2022 9:08:00 PM
Lovely sentiments, Gary! The presence of mom and dad special. God bless!
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Date: 1/12/2022 10:52:00 PM
Thank you Kim. Have a great day. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/9/2022 1:49:00 AM
What lovely images; they bring back many fond memories. Thanks for this. Tony
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Date: 1/9/2022 3:37:00 AM
My pleasure Tony. Thanks so much for your visit and comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/2/2022 1:42:00 PM
Wonderful write. I just love it :) God bless you and Happy New Year. Love, Gina
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Date: 1/2/2022 1:47:00 PM
Thank you Gina@ All the best for The New Year. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/2/2022 12:07:00 PM
i think this is my favorite of the day, or at least one of them. FAVE
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Date: 1/2/2022 12:30:00 PM
Thank you Andrea. I really appreciate that. All the best for The New Year. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/31/2021 2:33:00 AM
Oops, missed this one Gary. What a smashing Yuletide write. Reminded me of my own early christmases, icy windows, blazing fire and all. Congrats on your very worthy win. Have a great new year. Terry
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Date: 12/31/2021 3:02:00 AM
Will do - or at least I hope I will - Same to you Terry! All the best. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/30/2021 7:25:00 AM
How very beautiful and captivating your poem is Gary! So enjoyed this one. Debx
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Date: 12/30/2021 10:35:00 AM
Thanks Deb :)
Date: 12/28/2021 4:05:00 AM
This is absolutely beautiful, Gary, congratulations on a fine win:) love the flow in this rhyme:)
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Date: 12/28/2021 5:45:00 AM
Thank you Jo! All the best for The New Year. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/27/2021 9:26:00 AM
Congratulations on your winning poem. I was so delighted by the rhythm of your memories so well penned. Thank you for sharing your very warm and genuine expression of your Christmas Memories. Blessings, Paulette
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Date: 12/27/2021 9:49:00 AM
Thanks Paulette for your lovely comments. I can't think of any other poem I've penned where I have changed the last couplet as many times as I have this one. :) It may have even changed since your comments.. apologies if so. :) All the best for The New Year. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/26/2021 9:26:00 PM
Congratulations on your win , Gary, great verse.
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Date: 12/27/2021 2:10:00 AM
Thanks so much Eve - I've set aside time today to read all the winning entries in B J's contest so looking forward to it. All the best for the New Year. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/26/2021 4:57:00 PM
Such a warm and cozy remembering all that's important. Nicely penned.
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Date: 12/27/2021 2:06:00 AM
Thanks Greg and all the best for the New Year. I've made some slight alterations to the poem since your comments and trust it still feels warm and cosy.. I was never happy with how it ended or the reference to the Wizard of Oz..I thought it sounded a bit clumsy..anyway.. I'm happier now..I think..:) Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/26/2021 2:02:00 PM
I am so happy to see this wonderful fave of mine win First place in this contest. Congratulations! Blessings xxoo
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Date: 12/26/2021 2:36:00 PM
Connie, thank you again for your support and encouragement and have a great New Year! Cheers - Gary xx
Date: 12/26/2021 3:07:00 AM
A beautiful couplet rhyme. Congratulations!
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Date: 12/26/2021 3:18:00 AM
Thank you Christuraj. All the best for The New Year! Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/24/2021 9:15:00 PM
Congratulations on your win Gary!
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Date: 12/26/2021 2:45:00 AM
Thank you Mark and all the best for the New Year. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/24/2021 6:20:00 PM
Congratulations on your first place win Gary! Another amazing write. Thank you for entering your poem in the contest. Merry Christmas!! May you and yours be blessed with a healthy and wonderful new year!
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/26/2021 2:46:00 AM
Thank you BJ for another great competition and for your lovely comments. All the best for the new year. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/20/2021 8:44:00 AM
Ah, Gary, your golden pen is afire in this bittersweet beauty. Your poem is so poignant and so soulfully expressed in brilliant metaphors, rhythm and rhymes. Your exquisite imagery brings me to the center of this lovely yet wistful scene. Best wishes for a win, my friend, and warmest wishes for a happy holiday season for you and yours.. ~Susan
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/20/2021 1:46:00 PM
Thanks so much Susan. Your wonderful words read like a poem in themselves. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/19/2021 10:35:00 PM
Oh I think she will just love your entry. I was moved by your scenic old time Christmas. Your rhyme is always sublime Gary. I am Faving this Christmas gem. Blessings and Mele Kalikimaka. xxoo
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Date: 12/20/2021 3:45:00 AM
Thanks so much for your lovely comments and the fave Connie. Hau'oli kalikimaka a hau'oli makahiki hou :) xx
Date: 12/17/2021 12:56:00 PM
Enjoyed your verse Gary, I find Christmas time quite an emotional one as I look back at past Christmases and remember those no longer here, you brought back memories of the old coal fires and remember the coal men would sometimes come in for a cup of tea, looked like the black and white minstrals. Enjoy your weekend. Tom
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/18/2021 1:18:00 AM
Hi Tom..I remember the coalmen and also around the same time the binmen carrying those metal bins on their shoulder up the garden path and not leaving everything strewn at the front. Was it some other world back then? All the best and Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/17/2021 12:08:00 PM
This is so nice Gary, written in your unique flavour, ice inside the windowsill is a great line It sparks a memory of our old draughty wooden framed windows icing up, you’ve captured the Christmas spirit quiet brilliantly, cheers David
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/18/2021 1:14:00 AM
Hi David. Thanks once again for your lovely comments. It's strange how certain memories stay with you from child to adult but they do don't they? :) All the best and Cheers Gary
Date: 12/17/2021 10:02:00 AM
Exquisite, IMHO. I loved the way it flowed from beginning to end with marvelous rhymes. Your theme is precious, to know that your greatest present was the presence of your mum and dad. I don't think I can remember but one Christmas with my dad. Just as well.....Good writing, my friend, as always!
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/18/2021 1:10:00 AM
That's Milt! That's sad about your dad. If I'm totally honest I'm not happy how the poem finished. It needs work but as it's in a contest at the moment I'll have a go at a later time. Have a lovely Christmas Milt & best wishes Gary and Ann.
Date: 12/17/2021 3:55:00 AM
Gary…..both beautiful and sad. Love it! Debx
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/17/2021 4:48:00 AM
Thanks Deb! Once again I'm behind on reading others' poems but will hopefully catch up over the next few days. Thanks again! Cheers - Gary