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Preparing for Christmas...

by Janet Martin

Poinsettia for the table

Bloom of festivity

Pretty little angel

To grace the Christmas tree

Lights and pretty candles

Lending their gentle glow

In tiny golden circles

Wee choirs in the snow


Cookies, cakes and puddings

In volumes quite obscene

Large and tiny presents

Wrapped in bright red and green

Songs extol the season

And malls the latest rave

Excuses become reason

As dollars become brave


Stress finds brand new victims

And cheer loses its mirth

All in the preparation

To celebrate His birth

Shopping lists extended

Beyond the budget's creed

Holly, jolly merchants

Disguising greed as need


Christmas Eve descending

We brave the cold perhaps

To find within a chapel

A pew, where we collapse

My house sure looks amazing

The food, a work of art

Wouldn't it be something

If this had been my heart?

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This poem was a finalist in the December 2011 poetry contest

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