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

Christmas - a quickening

Anthea  Slade

Carlton North, Australia

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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.



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