Yuletide Carol, 2016

In the quiet spaces
my heart awaits a miracle.

A family with no home
carrying a gift within,
sought shelter on the darkest of nights.
Turned away,
their solace lay with stable mates
and a symbol of Love was born.

As the world seethes
a baby in Aleppo writhes with pain,
feels not the love promised to many.
Angels hover,
ethereal wings tattered and torn.
Their yuletide song has but six words.

How has it come to this?

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Created for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets.  dVerse will take a holiday hiatus, but I shall keep posting here.  Heads up! Tomorrow’s post is about our recent trip to Australia and includes some amazing photos of a mama wallaby and her joey!

Special thanks to Bjorn, Gail and all my fellow pub tenders. And a very special thanks to all dVerse participants for making 2016 a great year! 

49 thoughts on “Yuletide Carol, 2016

  1. hayesspencer December 15, 2016 / 8:40 am

    Beautiful. Indeed, the angels do weep and weep as they have for centuries over us and our sinful ways. Unfortunately we have reached the point where there is nothing new under the sun – either for us or the angels.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:13 am

      ….and that is such a sad situation. As we approach a new year, my resolution is to concentrate on the good! 🙂

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  2. MarinaSofia December 15, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Oh, I know, I’ve been feeling heartbroken about what is happening there – and what has been happening all year and for the past few years in Syria and in other places. Not exactly the message one would want to convey for the holiday season, is it?
    Thank you for your lovely poem, trying to redress that balance a little.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:15 am

      ….as we approach 2017, I pray for peace and a resurgence of humanity. I resolve to concentrate on the positive — and to help make it occur wherever I can.

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  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) December 15, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    I feel heart broken, but also I have turned numb. The news feed us the misery, but never anything good. The war is not over, but the grim face of cruelty is set ablaze in the sky.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Exactly. 24/7 news has, I believe, created an “everydayness” to these kinds of horrific occurrences. And that is sad indeed.

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi December 15, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Oh Lillian, this is so very poignant.. Its absolutely heart wrenching.. sigh.. 😦

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:17 am

      Yes….so very sad indeed. I pray that 2017 will bring a sense of humanity to this world. With the political situation the way it is, the rancor and divisiveness, I pray that somehow, our common good will come to light.

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  5. whippetwisdom December 15, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Beautifully written Lillian and so very sad what is happening in Syria, Egypt, Saudi, Iran, the list is endless as it always seems to be when people running countries classify human rights as a criminal offence.

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  6. carob hush December 15, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    How beautiful! I especially like the opening two lines and this line: “their solace lay with stable mates.”

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:19 am

      Thank you. Your words are much appreciated. Apologies for the late reply….a 40-day trip and the holiday season took me away from my words……..am back now and my resolution for 2017 is to find the good in the world, and to make as much of it as I can.

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  7. Pleasant Street December 15, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    It will definitely be a solemn entry into the new year for many. You blended the two stories well

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:20 am

      Thank you. Now that the holiday season is about to end, and with it 2016, I’m making a resolution for 2017 to try and find the goodness in our world….and to make it happen when I can.

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  8. Glenn Buttkus December 15, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Unfortunately, war is not a gentleman’s duel, it always slaughters the innocent along with the enemy; review history from Rome to London to Dresden to NYC. But yes, your heartfelt piece reminds us that regardless of the hawks among us, there are still poets who grieve the death of innocence/innocents.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:21 am

      I fear the 24/7 news cycle has made the horrors of war into our everydayness world. Somehow, I shall try in 2017, to find the good in the world….and to try and make it happen as much as I can.

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  9. kim881 December 15, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    The image is an excellent illustration of your poem and how we all feel. I so admire the opening lines, Lillian: ‘In the quiet spaces / my heart awaits a miracle.’ How has it come to this?

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:23 am

      Thank you, Kim. Making 5 afghans as Christmas presents for my grandchildren, our 40-day glorious trip, adjusting for a week from jet lag, and a 5 day trip to Chicago for a family holiday reunion before Christmas….all have taken me away from my daily writing and reading. I’m looking forward to the return of dVerse and my quiet mornings with pen, coffee, and reading! May we all have a healthy 2017 — and may we try and make good in this world happen for more.

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  10. Bodhirose December 15, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    I like how you deftly overlapped two very important historical stories, Lill. I couldn’t help thinking though about Christ himself and the torture that he endured in his short lifetime…it continues I’m afraid.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:24 am

      Yes…..a parallel in the two stanzas was deliberate. And sadly, the hope of the Christmas story does not occur for far too many in this world. My resolution for 2017 is to seek the good….and to try as I can, to make more of it for more people.

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  11. scotthastiepoet December 15, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Lillian, how tender and how well your piece works with the chosen illustration – beautifully done…

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:26 am

      Apologies for the late reply……..the holiday has meant time away from writing and reading. I’m looking forward to starting the year anew, with quiet mornings with pen, hot coffee, reading and writing. And…hoping to seek the good and create more good for others as well.

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  12. Victoria C. Slotto December 15, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    So deeply touching, Lillian. And, indeed, the Aleppo’s of the world (and there are too many of them) bring to mind the hardships such as those faced in Bethlehem over 20 Centuries ago.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:28 am

      Apologies for the late reply Victoria…..but I did finish the fifth and final Christmas afghan (one for each grandchild) 2 hours before my daughter and her family arrived the 28th for our family celebration! 🙂 I’m looking forward to the return of dVerse and my quiet mornings of writing and reading with my steaming cup of coffee! Here’s to a 2017 in which we see more goodness in the world — I for one, shall try to create more good where I can. See you Monday at the pub!

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  13. ZQ December 15, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Yes, though I haven’t lost faith i do feel powerless. Something new to me.
    Well expressed.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Thank you for your very thoughtful response. Truly appreciated.

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  14. Grace December 15, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I feel sad reading the news lately ~ Thanks for all your hard work and take care Lillian ~

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:31 am

      I find that I don’t like reading our newspaper much lately….24/7 cycle of news has made us far too numb to those who suffer. And, more aware too I think. In earlier years, before social media and CNN etc, we just didn’t know and went blithely on our merry way. Now we know….
      Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pub on Monday. I’ve missed my quiet mornings of reading and writing. Somehow, my resolution for 2017 is to try and see more, and bring more, good into the world.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Exactly. Activism is the key, I believe. And I do think, I shall try to make more good for 2017….

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  15. sree December 15, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Such an apt poem for the time….beautiful!!

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Thank you! Your kind words are much appreciated.

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  16. Kay December 16, 2016 / 6:57 am

    So well expressed, Lillian. It’s so very gut wrenching.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Yes….when written by an everyday person, in a way like this, it reminds us of the pain that is too glossed over in our 24/7 cycle of news.

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      • Kay December 31, 2016 / 11:08 am

        It absolutely does just that. I hope you’ve enjoyed your holidays, Lillian. Happy new year! 💜

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:33 am

      The Christmas message………..may it ring true for many in 2017.

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  17. Magaly Guerrero December 16, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Your last line expresses exactly what I feel, every time I watch the news these days.

    I truly hop that we, as a specie, aren’t stupid enough to miss on the “gift”.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:35 am

      I fear the 24/7 cycle of news has made these types of horrors our everydayness world. Somehow, I shall try to see more good in the world in 2017, and more importantly, to make more good. I do think activism shall be on the rise in 2017.

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  18. Mish December 16, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    This moved me so much it gave me chills. The connection you’ve made between the birth of Jesus and innocent children suffering in Syria is poignant. You chose the most perfect photo to accompany this piece.The question at the end is heart breaking…thought-provoking, as it should be.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:38 am

      Thank you, Mish. I truly appreciate your thoughtful comment here.
      Apologies for the late reply. How in heaven’s name did I think I could make 5 Christmas afghans for my grandkids, plus 2 sweaters???? And take a 40 day trip from Oct 25 to Dec 2nd??? I did it — but found I needed a vacation from our “vacation” and the holidays! 🙂 Am so looking foward to the return of dVerse on Monday….and quiet mornings with reading and writing over my hot steaming coffee. And, tonight, shall toast in the new year with a resolution to see more good in the world, and to find ways to do more good for more people as well….small steps by individuals matter. I do believe that. My daughter and I shall take part in the Boston Womens March on Jan 21….can’t make it to DC. I think activism shall have a rebirth in 2017.
      See you at the pub! And yes, may the Chrismas spirit remain with many more into the new year.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:39 am

      Thank you, Sue. Truly appreciate your words here.

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  19. lynn__ December 18, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Thank you for remembering the traumatized children and refugees…we should weep with the angels.

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:40 am

      Yes…….somehow 2017 must bring activism and commitment.

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  20. Mahitha Kasireddi December 29, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Hi, thank you for writing this. I wrote a poem for Aleppo too. You may want to check it out. You have a lovely blog. 🙂

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    • lillian December 31, 2016 / 10:40 am

      Thank you. I shall meander over your way 🙂

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    • lillian January 12, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Hi Nan. The only way to post for a dVerse prompt after mr Linky expires is to put your post on a Thursday’s Open Link Night at dVerse and then refer to the original prompt in your notes at end of post. Today is an OLN at dVerse and everyone can post one poem of their choosing — from an old prompt, or just any new poem (prompt not required). I.E. after poem you could say – used the dVerse prompt from xxxx for this post — or something like that.

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