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Trees

December 24, 2018

How any poem is created is a mystery to me. How concrete (shape) poems like the three below happen is an even greater mystery. I had nothing in my mind. Then bam! a shape. Why one shape shows up and not another is God stuff. Why one word, the heart of the poem, dominates the entire poem is God stuff, too. But hey, it’s Christmas! My little gifts to you.  

 

“A Giving Tree,” the second poem below, has roots as well as the first and third. It came after seeing a tree on the highway. Imagine someone troubling themselves to set up and climb up a ladder and put colorful balls on a tree for passersby! Inexplicable. The tree has a kind of nobility, stoically cheerful, a dramatic uplift, whittled down to a pole with notches. Hey, it’s Christmas! And it’s certainly worthy of a little poem.

 

Poetry is the emotional history of the world. Maybe one of these concrete poems will touch your heart. Hey, it’s Christmas! And I’m feeling it!

 

Friday, First Day of Winter, 2018

 

“Waiting Mode”

 

 

I

 

am

 

in the

 

waiting mode

 

for baby Jesus, star,

 

angels, light, a sweet piney smell

 

that takes me over after the shortest day

 

of the year---when the darkest night comes to an

 

end

 

 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

 

“A Giving Tree”

 

Like a soldier

at attention,

the scraggly

cedar tree

with notches

stands

humble,

noble

and willing

to hold

a sign

and 

ornaments

of love,

hope, and joy

for children

of all ages.

 Never

does the tree

reject

or look

the other

way.

 

 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

 

“Prayer of Expectation”

 

Dear Jesus,

Thank you

for how

You

changed

my life.

 You hung on a tree, and I am not the same.

May God’s will be done. I give up this day

and pray for physical and emotional bread.

Thank you for the gift of salvation. 

I ask for

adequate

income

for every

household.

Forgive me

of my sins

like I

forgive

other

brothers

and sisters.

I pray

all this

in the

name of

Jesus.

 

Merry Christmas,

Pat Durmon

 

P.S. Thank you for sharing my life, my blog, and comments.

 

 

Photo of the Giving Tree on Hwy 201 was taken by Rebecca Bland, December 19, 2018.

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