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Poem for the Day

Posted: 27 December 2014

You never saw such a stupid mess,
The government of course, were to blame.
That poor young kid in her shabby dress...
And the old chap with her, it seemed such a shame.

She had the baby in the backyard shed,
It wasn’t very nice, but the best we could do.
Just fancy, a manger for a bed,
I ask you, what’s the world coming to?

We’re sorry they had to have it so rough,
But we had our troubles, too, remember,
As if all the crowds were not enough
The weather was upside-down for December.

There was singing everywhere, lights in the sky
And those drunken shepherds neglecting their sheep
And three weird foreigners in full cry –
You just couldn’t get a good night’s sleep.

Well now they’ve gone, we can all settle down,
There’s room at the inn and the streets are so still
And we’re back to normal in our little town
That nobody’s heard of, or ever will.

And though the world’s full of people like those,
I think of them sometimes, especially her,
And one can't help wondering…though I don’t suppose
Anyone will ever know who they were.

Never Again
Harri Webb

Poem for the Day

Posted: 26 December 2014

For weeks before it comes I feel excited, yet when it
At last arrives, things all go wrong:
My thoughts don't seem to fit....

I've planned what I'll give everyone and what they'll give to me,
and then on Christmas morning all
The presents seem to be

Useless and tarnished. I have dreamt that everything would come
To life—presents and people too.
Instead of that, I'm dumb.

And people say. 'How horrid! What a sulky little boy!'
And they are right. I can't seem pleased.
The lovely shining toy

I wanted so much when I saw it in a magazine
Seems pointless now. And Christmas too
No longer seems to mean

The hush, the star, the baby, people being kind again.
The bells are rung, sledges are drawn.
And peace on earth for men.

Afterthought
Elizabeth Jennings

Christmas Haiku #25

Posted: 25 December 2014

A new baby cries,
And echoes through the ages.
A new world is here.

Bill Adair

Poem for the Day

Posted: 25 December 2014

The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night...
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.

The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
'The church looks nice' on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says 'Merry Christmas to you all'.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children's hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say 'Come!'
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.

And is it true? And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window's hue,
A Baby in an ox's stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?

And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant.

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.

Christmas
John Betjeman

Christmas Haiku #24

Posted: 24 December 2014

Waiting to be filled,
Stockings with toys, hearts with love,
Children wish and wait.

Bill Adair

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