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Christmas - a quickening

six days to Christmas grace
tantalising bling of Christmas decoration
heart surrendering Christmas carols
that unearth embedded memories
that make us smile, make us sigh
electric shock crowds swell to the chant
of present fever, giving and receiving

a sea of anticipation pulses to the mystery of kris kringle
and the end of year rush to catch up
oh it has been a year since I have seen you
the seduction of luminous symbols and signs
compete with our introspective desire to reflect
over memorable moments
as the year 2010 draws ready to close

worn out ecstasy of mind and body,
performing all year to personal need, economic demand,
want to stop and chill as our environments
heighten with feverish pitch racing towards December 25
where notes of Joie de Verve intermingle
with the strange chords of melancholy,
compassion at the awareness that some
may not feel the pervasive Christmas enchantment

sadness dawns that for some melancholy is
the only present and memory induces not
pretty images but isolated pain
we pray and wish all humankind
a blessed Christmas and special inspired 2011
we send a hug, an outreached hand offering
social connection to those who walk alone

2010 in a word has been intense
in another word powerful
a quickening of insight
a flourishing of creativity
a seeking for new ways of being
where the ‘other’ has been more than considered
now more then ever it is a time
to be open hearted, to live with a courageous heart
to give thanks for our friendships,
as my mother always said friendship is the true meaning of life

Christmas time is a bridge of connection
a time of exuberant delight
a world wide community that encourages
and support creative expression
whispering gently in our imagination urging us to grow
merry merry Christmas my beautiful RedBubble friends
wishing you joy of life in spirit, heart and mind

an odyssey of celebration and acknowledgement
where to experiment, stumble and falter is ok
to be there
to be here
to be
and above all to love with tenacity…

…is enough


© Anthea Slade 2010

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Christmas – a quickening was featured in Feminine Intent on Christmas Day 25 December 2010

Christmas – a quickening was featured in Bits And Piece Group on 30 December 2010

Christmas – a quickening was written on the 19 December 2010, six days before Christmas and is based on reflections, observations, introspections and environments of Christmas.

This poem arrived at 1.30 am this morning and I have written it here the way it came to me in the early hours of Sunday morn.

Merry Christmas my beautiful RedBubble Friends. I wish a Christmas Season filled with love, peace and connection. I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be a beautiful year.



Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoabout 4 years ago

    freindship is the true meaning of life…very wise mum, dear Anthea, It has been a pleasure to have collaborated with you this year that went so fast, I think every year goes faster then one before. Lovely words from you dear girl, wishing you the merriest of Christmases, and may the new year be even brighter and more successful in your endeavours. your partner Rey xxx

  • Yes she is wise and I do agree that friendship is the true meaning of life. It has been a great plesaure to have collaborated with you through 2010 and 2009. What a great joy for me. Yes this year has gone really fast. An intense year. I am wishing you a warm and beautiful Christmas today dear Rey and wishing you much joy, good times, success and love and peace in 2011. Warm Greetings from Melbourne to your door in California. xxx

    – Anthea Slade

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful words, Anthea, and wonderful capture of all the ambivalence around the biggest celebration of the year in the Christian world. May your Christmas capture the essence of your mother’s words, and may your 2011 be filled with joy and light.

  • Thank you so much David for your thoughtful and insightful comment on my poem. Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Canadian Christmas and may 2011 be filled with happiness and peace.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Matty B. Duran
    Matty B. Duranabout 4 years ago

    Merry Christmas to you to dear Anthea. What a lovely lady you are, sweet. Thank-you for this blessing and reflection of your heart. May Jesus Christ the Saviour Bless you! A Happiest New Year to you too! May you be blessed and refreshed by God in the Coming Year! In-Christ’s Beautiful Love, and Peace, mattty

  • Oh thank you so much dear Matty for this beautiful comment on my poem Christmas – a quickening. May you have a blessed and beautiful Christmas Day with your family and may your 2011 be filled with love, peace and inspiration. God Bless you Matty, have a joy filled day.

    – Anthea Slade

  • biddumy
    biddumyabout 4 years ago
    Beautifully, written and apt words for 2010. As we say farewell to the old and look forward to the new! Here’s wishing you a Happy Festive Season and a Good New Year!!!
  • biddumy thank you for your thoughtful and beautiful comment on my poem. I am wishing you a wondrous and peaceful Christmas and an inspired New Year.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Gary Murison
    Gary Murisonabout 4 years ago

    Wonderfully written Anthea. Wishing you much success and happiness in 2011. Best wishes

  • Gary thank you so much my friend for this lovely comment. I hope you are enjoying a festive and beautiful Christmas Day.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsabout 4 years ago

    You’re such a sweetheart. Lovely write and only the happiest of wishes for Christmas, New Year and always.

  • Oh thank you so much dear Rikki. Wishing you a joy filled and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Avalone
    Avaloneabout 4 years ago

    What a lovely prayer for friends and for humanity Anthea, wishing you love, peace and happiness always. xx

  • Oh thank you dear Jane, this is a prayer for humanity and for friends. Wishing great joy and happiness this Christmas. With love, Anthea

    – Anthea Slade

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonabout 4 years ago

    A beautiful wonderous write my friend! full of sentiment and goodnes!wishing you love and peace Anthea!!


  • Thank you so much friend km. Wishing you a Christmas filled with joy, love and peace. Merry Christmas.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rabout 4 years ago

    What a wonderful gift of love. May you have many years of happy times.
    Amen to your words.
    Iris xo

  • Iris thank you so much for your beautiful words. May your Christmas be filled with great joy and warmth.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    wondeful writting of the happiness if the season huggs to you !Liz)))

  • Thank you so much my lovely friend Liz. Hope your Christmas is warm and happy.

    – Anthea Slade

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