Poem from a Christmas Past


A Dickens Eve

A gentle waterfall
spilled up and o’er the rim
finding age old crevices
to follow towards my chin.

‘Twere just a play!
a staged apparition…
Well, actually there were three
nay four! after intermission.

What magic did befall me
as costumed sorcerers did brew
with lilting incantations
and lovely music too.

Had I not sat here
a couple times before?
Yet a fortnight of years
since last I heard this score.

A fortnight of years
is enough to deepen
the heart crevices
touched here by Dickens.

As Past waves her hand
for Scrooge to view his childhood,
My own leaps up before me
memories dancing, ill and good.

Then Present laughs hearty
as I sit here with my Three-
I know the richness I’ve been given
I can scarce contain it merrily.

For that dearest family Cratchit
‘tis my own sweet family too!
The crevices are deeper now
‘tis why I see this anew.

My senior girl beside me
is poised to leave the nest
Four years at college
and then who knows the rest?

My middle boy full of life
and a heart that breaks for all
His character becomes a man
How did he get so tall?

My youngest also sweetest thing
a deadly disease has hold…
Were it not for money and medicine,
her future could not be told.

All three have known less at table
though nothing like the meager here.
Fewer clothes are in their closets
Yet the Cratchits are wearing theirs.

Though my life is abundance
in comparison with these…
Do I still hoard and miser
all I have, to live in ease?

The jocund, piercing work of actors
has undone my heart this night.
The waterfall I cannot stop
melts what I’ve held tight.

Live freely with hands held open
Give money, joy and love!
And ring throughout each blessed moment:
God Bless Us Everyone!!

2 December 2011

0 thoughts on “Poem from a Christmas Past

  1. Phyllis Alden says:

    Jennifer, your portrait is really wonderful. So glad this was the first email I opened this morning. I’m off to begin reading, again, my tattered copies of Dickens’ works. May “God bless us, every one” indeed.

  2. Carole says:

    A lovely story and so well told.
    You are so bold
    to share your heart.
    I feel as though I have taken part
    in the telling.
    No one’s life is solid gold!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  3. danscanvas says:

    What a magnificent drawing!!! I was so taken by it, that I had to start my comment first, before reading the poem. This is a very moving poem. It brings to mind when my oldest left for college, and the terrible travails of my youngest, who has autism. (Do you mind a grammar point? It should be “heartily” I think.)

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