Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted December 16, 2018

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Christmas Reminders from Lil' Hands

by Y. M. Roger

I found a hint of HOPE last night
  hanging on the Christmas tree
It was made of macaroni
  painted up with green and red
It shone with glittery letters
  that fondly spell out M-O-M
And it reminded me of family ties that hold
  no matter how different we are…

I found a flare of FAITH today
  perched atop the Christmas tree
It was made of tongue depressors
  laced up tight with sparkling yarn
It was mostly shaped like a star
  though clearly not even or straight
But it reminded me of how together we shine
  no matter our size or condition…

I found a light of LOVE this night
  clipped upon the Christmas tree
It was a clothespin made-up as hands
  of a worn and quite tired-looking elf
His clothes were tattered and faded
  and his smile has since fallen off
Yet he reminded me to hold tight to all
  no matter how they change, inside or out..
In life, it seems that age and disillusionment
  darken our eyes with cynicism and doubt
Until only a child’s handmade treasures -
  innocent creations that survive through time -
can harken us back to the foundations of Christmas
  that are crafted and molded into each little form

     Macaroni HOPE
        Tongue depressor FAITH
              Clip-on clothespin LOVE

And the greatest of these…
    The one that holds on when others fall away…
          The one whose grip doesn’t let you down…

                 The greatest of these is LOVE


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