by Mary Ann Biddinger
Monday, December 19, 2011
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
to everyone on my fans list, readers
near and far, friends, family. Love to
you this holiday season.
Children's blessings of the season
in a poem titled " The Lantern"
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Josie held the Lantern, he being bigger, lantern soft light glowing
shown on the snow covered path
Twelve of us, frolicking, snowball wizzed by his head as Josie held
The Lantern, path packed down as we go
Into the stone barn at Antebellum Southern Ridge
weather vanes on cupolas, horses pewter, winds brisk
swirls, round and round, pewter horses twirl
Henry, there in the stone barn as we awe ! vast oak beams window panes
thick glass, twelve squares wavy
Lying in the stahl of fresh hay tiny lambs were born early Christmas Day
Henry, softly smiled yes, our children these in kind, were snuggled in the
hay near the manger of "Jesus"
Josie, holding The Lantern for all to peer round the manger of hay,
new born lambs born early Christmas Day..Josie, lantern held higher,
led everyone, close now, warmth "Away In A Manger"
Leaving the barn, Josie, blew out The Lanterns's candle, dawn sways,
to dawn across the valley, everyone hurridly,, cheerfully gathering
snow to roll a huge, huge snowman, snowball battle, join in
top hat for the snowman complete "Frosty the Snowman"
Henry hitching the horses, sleigh ride delight, oh! what a joyful sight
sunlit valley, onto the entrance, white birch, heavy snow, red cardinals,
brown bunny, chipmunk scampering tiny tracks upon the snow
Breakfast is readied, Miss Sarah at her best fruit cakes, baked blueberry
french toast, blueberry syrup, dripping butter on cinnamon rolls, hot cocoa,
decorated cut out cookies the children helped Miss Sarah to bake
Josie, sat The Lantern by the column, all the children came in, snow clothes
at the side door, quickly they changed, and came bounding down the back
stairs to the vast kitchen's table for Christmas Prayer and Miss Sarah's special
breakfast Christmas morning
As the day unfolds the Christmas tree, prisms of crystal, tensil from Germany
candles lit, soft golden flickering light, hand painted Christmas cards,
made by everyone, a dill pickle over there for luck, look here. a tiny grey mouse Miss Sarah made from Henry's grey wool sock
Names of the packages rung out, smiles, a blush, shouts of glee, giggles,
to the precious gifts inside..a wink.. the twelve children smiled..Kris Kringle
James H. Beckett read the Christmas Story from the Bible, all listening
hearts to baby Jesus
Onto the sideporch once more, boots, hats, mittens, scarves dry by the hearth,
early morning dawn's sway, Josie retrieved The Lantern from beside the
column. Children twelve in toe, Josie handed James The Lantern, lit now for
the path of soft glow on the snow covered path to see the lambs .. "Jesus" born in a manger Christmas morn..in swadling clothes.. the children
whispered.. Josie beside James listening to the soft baa !
Mary Ann Biddinger
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|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|You have recalled, recreated, and shared the magic of the memories very effectively through your verses, Mary Ann. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|Love the imagery and nostalgia, truly beautiful Mary Ann. So inspiring.|
|Reviewed by Roger Wayne Eberle
|spectacular imagery, winsomely expressed... a sumptuous seasonal fare, in all three senses of that word.... I might change bah! to baa!... but that is the only part that humbugs me. Otherwise, a sheer delight!|
|Reviewed by Joyce Bell
|THE IMAGERY IN THIS WORK IS PICTURESQUE...SO VIVIDLY CLEAR THAT THE READER CAN SEE THE JOY AND FEEL THE AMBIANCE OF PEACE AND PERFECT
LOVE THAT ONLY CHRISTMAS DAY CAN CONVEY...SO COMPLETELY. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS BEAUTIFUL PAINTING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
|Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
|You have penned a Christmas masterpiece here Mary Ann, I felt like I was transported to another time and place...Lovely imagery and filled with the spirit of Christmas...
Happy Holidays to you and your family,
Peace, love, joy and light,
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|So alive is your poetry...one can actually
visualize being there...certainly at least
feeling the warmth!! *Lady Mary Ann*
|Reviewed by Beverly Cranford (Reader)
|Reading your beautiful Christmas story which gives sparkle to this holiday season! Hope you'll enjoy all the joys of the season!
Thank you Mary Ann
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|Truly thank you for this gift, it is filled with warmth~
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|Another holiday masterpiece! Patrick|
|Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
|What an enchanting Christmas story, Mary Ann....LOVED it! Makes me long for days long since passed....
Hugs & Merry Christmas,
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|A truly lovely Christmas Story, Mary Ann. And you've made me yearn for an old fashioned horse drawn sleigh ride. My spouse and I still try to do that each and every Holiday Season.|
|Reviewed by jude forese
|the spirit of Christmas just emanates from this lovely poem ...|
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|Such comfort and enchantment in this sweetest of poetic paintings, Mary Ann!
Merry Christmas to you, xx
|Reviewed by Joy Hale
|An exquisitely told story to warm the heart with the true blessings of Christmas; lovingly written by Lady Mary Ann. So touching and precious.
Joy L. Hale
|Reviewed by Laura Fall
|Truly Excellent poetry and Have A Merry Christmas my friend, as I really loved this splendid write and photo ,Laura
|Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
Very beautifully done. I could feel the spirit of Christmas.
|Reviewed by richard cederberg
|Much light shed in this cyclorama of words. The snippets of imagery lovingly woven together, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the characters, and, too, the writer remembering the original meaning of the season. You've written another poetic Norman Rockwell, Lady Mary Ann. The 'Lantern' glows with love and faith. peace and continued inspiration ... richard|
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
|What a great piece of writing here, Mary Ann. This poem just oozes to the bursting point with love and Christmas greetings. The crispness of the snow, the warmth inside the manger and the soft light where Baby Jesus lay, all combined to give this reader pure delight. Then the making of the snowman on the way to the house, and once inside such aroma I could actually smell that special fruit cake (I love fruit cakes) and then presents being given out that were stacked beneath the Christmas tree . . . Well! By the time I was finished I was completely saturated with your love for your fellow man.|