Christmas Poem IX: “On a December Day”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I’m publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar.

Today’s poem was written in 2000, my first Christmas out of school. This was a strange and bittersweet Christmas for my family: my sister was out of the country, serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique.

On a calm sweet December dawn
Cold mist stirs up faces of friends long gone
The horizons stretch and yawn with frost
A wintry hug that tells us no-one’s lost

On a windy chill December day
As the snow drifts in the snowy way
The whole world slows and takes its time
As icy trees begin to shine

On a distant pale December eve
The sun settles soon to take its leave
A smiling moon and a far-off bell
Foretell a magic come down to dwell

On a cold and dark December night
The snow shines with the strangest light
A tranquil end to a hectic year
That gives us hope that love is here

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