Post Series: Advent: Poem with an explanation: and waiting alone

making the list
ordering online
receiving the boxes
wrapping them
putting the tags
leaving part blank
putting them under the tree
and waiting alone

 

In this poem a lonely person buys themselves Christmas gifts.  The person goes through steps.  They make a list of what they want, they order the gifts online, they receive the boxes, and they wrap them.  When the person puts name tags on the gifts they leave the “From” blank.  They are afraid that if someone does happen come by that they will see that they bought gifts for themselves.  They don’t want this to happen, so they leave the “From” blank so it will look like they received the gifts.  They then put the gifts under their Christmas tree and they wait alone until Christmas to unwrap them.

This poem shows a lonely person trying to have some feeling of the holiday.  They could have bought themselves things and just had them, but they decided to wrap the items to feel like they got gifts.

The person is self-conscious of their behavior though and hides what they are doing to a degree by leaving the “From” spaces blank on the tags.  This is for the reason mentioned above, but also because the person just feels lonelier when they acknowledge what they are doing.  Not having the “From” helps them to ignore their reality some.

As an aside, if any readers know anyone who might be spending Christmas alone this year, do something for them.  Send them an email.  Send a note on social media.  Send a card.  Send a gift.  If possible, see if the person wants to visit you on Christmas if that is possible.  Help the person not have the circumstances in the poem.

Post Series: Advent: Poem with an explanation: the gift was seen

seemingly thoughtless
and seemingly cheap
harsh words were spoken
on the bright morning

with reluctance
the ladder was climbed

summer nights
the bird did call
and in the yard
in the panic
the gift was seen

 

In this poem a person gets a gift that they don’t like that later proves to be important.

In the poem a person gives another person a smoke alarm as a Christmas present.  The receiver of the gift thinks it is a bad gift.  They see it as thoughtless and cheap.  They say harsh words to the giver of the gift on Christmas morning (the bright morning).

After some time, reluctantly, the receiver of the gift installs the smoke alarm (the ladder was climbed).

During the following summer the smoke alarm goes off at night as the house the receiver is in catches on fire (the bird did call).  They are awoken by the alarm and run out into their yard panicking.  At that moment, as their house is burning but their life was saved, they see the value of the gift they were given (their life) (the gift was seen).

Post series: Advent: Poem: Why is all this going on?

Why is all this going on?

To an outside observer,
someone who had no previous knowledge,
it would all seem,
a bit absurd.

People,
are putting fake trees in their houses.

Thousands of little light bulbs,
are being strung outside.

People are shopping everywhere.

Movies are playing
with singing snowmen.

There’s talk of reindeer
flying in the sky.

Why is all this going on?

What is all this about?

Why are millions and millions
of seemingly rational people
doing all of this?

There must be a reason.

There must be something behind it.

There must be something
with meaning
and importance
and significance.

This all can’t be
just some long festival.

There has to be a reason for all of this.

There has to be an answer to the question.

There has to be a reason,
why all of this,
is going on.

 

P. S. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving. Because of the holiday, there will not be a new post on the blog November 28, 2019 – December 1, 2019.  The next new post will be on December 2, 2019.

Post Series: Advent: Artwork to inspire poetry: twelve acorns

twelve days

Above is an artwork of twelve acorns.  It is a photograph that was made black and white.

The twelve acorns represent the twelve days of Christmas.  Each acorn could potentially become a tree, symbolizing the potential of the twelve days.  The acorns are stacked in a Christmas tree type shape.

The artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

there can often be
great potential
in the little things

Post Series: Advent: Bilingual Poem: This year, do something different

This year,
do something different.

Don’t get,
a plastic tree,
that looks alive.

Don’t get,
a real tree,
that was alive.

Get,
a living tree,
that is alive.

 

Este año,
hace algo distinto.

No obtiene,
un árbol de plástico,
que parece vivo.

No obtiene,
un árbol legítimo,
que estado vivo.

Obtiene,
un árbol que vive,
que es vivo.

Post Series: Advent: Artwork to inspire poetry: wrapped Christmas present

wrapped Christmas present

Above is an artwork of a wrapped Christmas present.  It was done in a simple design using the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.  The artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

sometimes
a gift in a box
can change someone’s life
for the better
in a dramatic way

as you shop this season
look for these

if you can’t find one though
then forgo the box
and do for another
and help them in ways
that can’t be wrapped

Post Series: Advent: Poem with an explanation: Political Correctness

Even if others
deem it politically incorrect,
say, “Merry Christmas”.

This poem looks at the notion of “Happy Holidays” vs. “Merry Christmas” and takes a position.  The idea of the poem is presented clearly: Even if others deem it politically incorrect, say, “Merry Christmas”.  The poem says to take a stand for a belief even if others disagree.

Post Series: Advent: Poetry topic idea: Christmas symbols

Throughout Advent and through the Christmas season you are likely to encounter a number of Christmas symbols.  This includes things like stars, wreaths, Christmas trees, ornaments, candy canes, presents, nutcrackers, and so forth.

You could explore these different symbols in poetry.  You could take some time to learn about their history, their original meanings, their current meanings, how their meanings have changed over time, and how Christian symbolism can be applied to them.

You could either pick one topic such as stars, and explore it in depth, or you could explore a number of different topics in one poem.

This exercise could be a good learning experience about Christmas symbols and it could help you to explain them to others.  It could also be a good exercise to learn about and apply Christian symbolism to the different symbols, both those that started with them, and those that had them applied later.

Here is an example poem looking at stars:

As you place the star,
atop the tree,
and plug the plug,
turn down the lights,
and watch it shine,
think back,
to that one star,
that brought men from the east,
hundreds or thousands of miles,
in search of someone,
they had never met,
whose name they did not know,
whose story they had not heard.

Think about,
how they may have seemed,
to those who knew them.

How strange it must have seemed,
to hear them say,
they were following a light,
to an unknown place.

Think about the journey they took,
the hardships they encountered,
and the faith the must have had.

Think about what they left,
what they risked,
and who they found.

As you look at the star,
atop your tree,
think back,
to that one star,
and see it,
in a new light.