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This is simply a poem about Christmas.

by Jim Dunlap

I wake and pulling back the curtain,
See a fairyland of drifted snow;
And, with nostalgia, feel a certain
Yen for Christmases of long ago.
Remembering those happy hours
Spent decorating Christmas trees,
Snow castles, like crenellated towers,
And shoppers darting round like bees;
Past memories invade my thoughts --
With cherished faces, gone forever!
While mugs of cider -- warming draughts --
Embellish each festive endeavor.
I loved the most the Christmas lights,
Holly, wreaths, and mistletoe;
And see the past through fancies flights
In memories of long ago.
But still the best that Christmas gives --
And thinking on it, you'll agree --
Is pointing out that each still lives
In heart, and soul, and memory.

THE VILLAGER, December, 1991

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Reviewed by Karen Cino 12/1/2005
An absolute masterpiece you have penned here. Christmas is always full of emotions for me. Thank you for sharing this awesome poem so full of imagery and soul.

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 11/18/2005
Lovely, y e s. Though many of us have mixed emotions about
holidays -- particularly Christmas -- , few of us would wish
the holiday away. And yes, those who truly love one another
live forever in all but the strictest sense. Happy
Holidays!! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/19/2005
This is so very lovely, you captured this perfectly!

Reviewed by Birdie Houston 1/15/2005
Well expressed painted a beauty of a picture.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/4/2005
Very nice indeed!
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 1/4/2005
A good one for the holidays
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/4/2004
This well-structured poem is like the Star of Bethlehem, pointing us in the right direction to discover again the true meaning of life and Christmas. It has always been there, but sadly we are lost largely in too much tinsel and stress to notice! Thank you for this timely reminder that perhaps we do have to stop to really get our priorities right, and to cherish community and love above all else... things that otherwise fall into the very fast flow of life's turbulent stream. Cider at Christmas is new to me - but can understand it's warming appeal! Can just smell all that spice... TY Kate x
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 12/4/2004
A lovely poem to savour during this season. This was sillfully written with superb rhyme and meter. I often find that those that have great technical skill and are sticklers for rules often lack originality and lose something in the visual aspects of their poetry (my opinion only). You don't seem to have this problem. Great talent!
With respect... Chanti
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 12/3/2004
"Christmas In The Heart" sings through its lines of time on its way to inspire readers throughout the millennia.

Thank You for sharing this Gift of the season, Poet!

Healthy Creative Life.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Peter Paton 12/3/2004
Very sentimental and nostalgic write that warms and stirs the heart .
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 12/1/2004
Beautiful write my friend...I enjoyed n luck...BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 11/30/2004
Yes. Heart soul and memory Very nice Christmas Poem!!! Thank You for this smile. : )
Happiest Warmest and Most Peaceful of holidays and all days.
God Bless You and Your family,
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 11/30/2004
Those were the days. If we could all have a childlike giving spirit, the world and our neighborhoods would be SO much better off. Thanks for stopping by my neck of the den JD.
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 11/30/2004
Never forget the true meaning. 'tis dieing fast.
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 11/30/2004
ahhhh....(humming) it's beginning to read a lot like Chistmas.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/29/2004
Superb imagery that reaches deep into the soul and brings out cherished memories like special treasures. Thank you for sharing this offering, Jim. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Susan Sparks (Reader) 11/29/2004
I like Christmas, not the parts about commercialism, but the parts about Peace on Earth, and Goodwill toward Men. That's what Christmas means to me, also the parts about giving. Somehow I believe the focus these days is on "receiving". Christmas reminds us of what it SHOULD be like 365 days a year--366 days on leap years.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/29/2004
Beautiful memory Jim!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by A PAX 11/29/2004
lovely lovely indeed :)
Reviewed by Hooves Of Fire (Reader) 11/29/2004
This reminds me of many Christmasses ago when I was just a young calf. It made me very nostalgic and sentimental and you have captured the joy of those perfect holidays that are in my memory.
Very well written!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/29/2004
Such a festive and beautiful holiday poem, John. Greatly enjoyed.
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