anne_mikolay_120I could wax nostalgic and reminisce about long ago holidays when my sons were toddlers, or revel in remembrance of my own childhood when my dear mother was still alive. I could examine the incongruence of a season that professes peace on earth when there is none. I will do neither, for I am unable to find adequate words of my own to express what Christmas means to me.

Therefore, I will rely upon others far more gifted. Here then, are two Christmas poems that express my sentiments this day. The first is a well known selection composed during America's Civil War and a time of personal crisis by Henry W. Longfellow. The other was penned by an anonymous, lighthearted scribe.

 

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

          By Henry W. Longfellow

 

“A Canine Christmas”

    Author Anonymous (from www.wonderpuppy.net)

 

Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house

The puppies are squeaking an old rubber mouse.

The wreath which had merrily hung on the door

Is scattered in pieces all over the floor.

The stockings that hung in a neat little row

Now boast a hole in each one of the toes.

The tree was subjected to bright-eyed whims,

And now, although splendid, it's missing some limbs.

 

I catch them and hold them, "Be good," I insist.

They lick me, then run off to see what they've missed.

And now as I watch them the thought comes to me,

That theirs is the spirit that Christmas should be.

Should children and puppies yet show us the way,

And teach us the joy that should come with this day?

Could they bring the message that's written above,

And tell us that, most of all, Christmas is love!

        Author Anonymous (from www.wonderpuppy.net)

 

Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good-night!