Kneeling at Nativity

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    Kneeling at Nativity

    Days for celebration are wretched days for grief,

    A struggle, and survivor’s guilt happening to each;

    Happy Christmas darling, I know you’re on your way,

    Now only just a little while, but who can really say?

     

    For all these years I’ve lived with you

    And never shared your room,

    Shades go up ,and then go down

    To sanctify the gloom.

     

    Oh, and did I tell you, 

    The home team won today,

    Never mind the ersatz joy,

    They’re all the same, I say.

     

    And so the snow job keeps a drift,

    Where squirrels dodge the light,

    And wind leaves trailing inane whistle

    On it’s way to night.

     

    Severance pay leaves one unemployed,

    “Happy New Year all!”

    Is there any brightness in the void,

    Left when angels fall?

     

    What shall I say while greeting the hollow of your cheeks?

    Do I pretend A.I.D.S. doesn’t show?

    Do I whisper that, “You must know

    We’ll all be dead, or just antiques?”

     

    Sing to me, and sound your mother tongue

    That tamed wild beasts upon the hill

    Where you first heard it sung,

    Out past the snowy windowsill.

     

    It is the eve of Christmas, so sing about the star,

    We all are wishing on it, ah, but yes, it’s true,

    To be saved from where we are:

    Kneeling at nativity close by death stones blue.


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    WordSlinger commented on Kneeling at Nativity

    12-08-2009

    HT, I love this, you added to my severe case of happiness, ty WS, I have one on the star also, entitled, The Greatest Story Untold, please read it, ty WS

    HarverTomsson

    12/08/2009

    Something done, something undone, your poem: well done. Thanks for the visit. Stay happy.

    bloomingsun commented on Kneeling at Nativity

    12-07-2009

    This is so well written that it almost belies the skepticism I hear throughout. Nice flow and form, gets a 10 from me.

    HarverTomsson

    12/08/2009

    I was attempting to portray how individuals struggling with overwhelming life issues must feel at Christmas time with mockingly trite mall music playing in the background. I tried to keep hope alive over the creeping cynicism.

    Artie commented on Kneeling at Nativity

    12-05-2009

    I like how this shows struggle, conflict, hope, and an underlying bond - 10 from me

    HarverTomsson

    12/05/2009

    Thanks for your encouraging read.

    To have great poets there must be great audiences too.

    Walt Whitman, American Poet (1819-1892)

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