Christmas Poems

A huge thank you to all the poets who have contributed to this week of Christmas poems. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Better New Year to all our Readers.

Illustration: Sue Hardy-Dawson

Reindeer

One white winter dawn with a crystal glow

a small child asked

what do reindeer do?

Dance on clouds,

said his mother,

drink river’s freeze

gild gem-cloven lawns with their glittering toes.

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One crisp, brittle noon with a sun that froze

a small child called

how do reindeer grow?

Branches,

said his father,

from icicle trees

bound in the bud of a grizzled, dry rose.

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One twinkly night with a rattle and blow

a small child cried

but how do you know?

We listen,

said his sister,

deep into sleep

for tinkling of bells and a dusting of snow.

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Sue Hardy Dawson

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Painting: Jan Dean

One Star

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Mary’s son

Just begun

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Straw  bed

Tiny head

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Shepherd’s keep

Sleepy sheep

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Dark night

Angel light

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Sent them

To Bethlehem

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One star

Travelled far

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Three kings

Brought things

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The light of heaven’s starry skies

Shines in this small baby’s eyes.

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God is born for you and me

A blessing and a mystery.

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Jan Dean

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For a Hard Winter

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When all around you seems to fall away

and, short of breath, the damp air snaps and bites.

When what was once alive sinks in decay

and shadows loom in places that were bright.

When joy and hope and spirits fade to grey

and spring and summer colours shrink from sight.

When daytime seems no different from dark.

Remember, child: within you glows a spark.

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Shauna Darling Robertson

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