Merry Christmas: My Favorite Poem and Poet

Christmas Trees

(A Christmas Circular Letter)

The city had withdrawn into itself

And left at last the country to the country;

When between whirls of snow not come to lie

And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove
A stranger to our yard, who looked the city,

Yet did in country fashion in that there

He sat and waited till he drew us out

A-buttoning coats to ask him who he was.

He proved to be the city come again

To look for something it had left behind

And could not do without and keep its Christmas.

He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees;

My woods—the young fir balsams like a place

Where houses all are churches and have spires.

I hadn’t thought of them as Christmas Trees.

I doubt if I was tempted for a moment

To sell them off their feet to go in cars

And leave the slope behind the house all bare,
Where the sun shines now no warmer than the moon.

I’d hate to have them know it if I was.

Yet more I’d hate to hold my trees except

As others hold theirs or refuse for them,

Beyond the time of profitable growth,

The trial by market everything must come to.

I dallied so much with the thought of selling.

Then whether from mistaken courtesy

And fear of seeming short of speech, or whether

From hope of hearing good of what was mine, I said,

“There aren’t enough to be worth while.”

“I could soon tell how many they would cut,

You let me look them over.”
“You could look.

But don’t expect I’m going to let you have them.”
Pasture they spring in, some in clumps too close

That lop each other of boughs, but not a few
Quite solitary and having equal boughs

All round and round. The latter he nodded “Yes” to,

Or paused to say beneath some lovelier one,
With a buyer’s moderation, “That would do.”

I thought so too, but wasn’t there to say so.

We climbed the pasture on the south, crossed over,
And came down on the north. He said, “A thousand.”
“A thousand Christmas trees!—at what apiece?”
He felt some need of softening that to me:

“A thousand trees would come to thirty dollars.”
Then I was certain I had never meant

To let him have them. Never show surprise!
But thirty dollars seemed so small beside

The extent of pasture I should strip, three cents
(For that was all they figured out apiece),

Three cents so small beside the dollar friends
I should be writing to within the hour

Would pay in cities for good trees like those,
Regular vestry-trees whole Sunday Schools

Could hang enough on to pick off enough.
A thousand Christmas trees I didn’t know I had!

Worth three cents more to give away than sell,
As may be shown by a simple calculation.

Too bad I couldn’t lay one in a letter.
I can’t help wishing I could send you one,

In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.

****

And also from me, the Bookish Recovering Know It All, Merry Christmas and happiest of Holliday Seasons.

-mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Anticipation”


Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word for this week is Anticipation.

Never give up

What you would expect

Isn’t always what you get.

But it’s great to Hope.

-mike

Whether it’s a hoped for outcome or a long awaited meeting, or just the next holiday on the calandar, expectations and anticipation sometimes surprise us.

Sometimes is not getting we make out better. And sometimes in the receiving we get what we never expected… Better than our dreams.

Leave room for Hope in your Anticipation. And never give up.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Family”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. This is the return from being Sickies the last two weeks.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word for this week is.. Family.

No, this is not my family

Who we grow up with

Those who grow up with us too

Part of who we are.

-mike

We are all a mix of the best and worst characteristics of our parents and family members we grew up with.

Our jobs as adults is to do the best we can at weeding out the worst and accentuating the best… for the rest of our lives… knowing that our lives are also the “templates” for our own kids and families.

All we can do is our best and trust that it’s good enough.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “sickies”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge.

Good news though, we had our first participant check out Nan’s haiku for last week’s Repose.

Good books and coffee
Best way to start the morning
Body and mind boost


The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Sickies.

Body aches and chills

Ten hours of sleep, still same

Crap, I have the flu

-mike

No story this week. No energy for it. 😦

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

Ronovan Writes Monday HaiKu Challenge: Smoke and Water

Hello all you readers and writers. I’m joining the Weekly HaiKu Challenge on Mondays led by Ronovan Writes. Go HERE for the instructions and how to particpate. This week’s Prompt words are Smoke and Water. Here I my entry for this week.

For Chris

I’m just an oldie

But I remember this song

Or do I really?

Summers by the lake

Memories of our youth spent.

Sunburns and soda

Campfire light and fish

Weekend camping, just us two.

Smoke on the Water.

-mike

Why not have a try? Do you post, drop a link at Ronovan’s and if you’d like to let me know also, that would be fantastic.

-mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Repose”


Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. Sadly, we had no other participants from last week.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Repose.

Grounds in the basket

Sucking sounds brewing Black Gold

Words require good coffee

-mike

My anniversary coffee cup, Starbucks medium roast, and Dylan Thomas from last year. This was an early morning pic, but it could easily have been a glass of Cab Sav in the evening with Melville or one of the others on our burgeoning shelves.

The point is not what you read, or even if you read. The point is not what you drink, or if you drink. The point is after a long week at work… Repose.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

Ronovan Writes Monday HaiKu Challenge: Wail and Wake

Hello all you readers and writers. I’m joining the Weekly HaiKu Challenge on Mondays led by Ronovan Writes. Go HERE for the instructions and how to particpate. This week’s Prompt words are Wail and Wake.Here I my entry for this week.

The Keening Cry

Ahab sailed from port

No one considered his wife

Least of those himself.

With crazed ambition

Did the whaler hunt his prey

Lost more than his leg

The widow cried out

Night vigil for her husband

Ancient Tradition.

-mike

Why not have a try? Do you post, drop a link at Ronovan’s and if you’d like to let me know also, that would be fantastic.

-mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Thinking”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. Sadly, we had no other participants from last week.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Thinking.

I don’t know… yet

I once was so sure

The wisdom is not knowing

When you really don’t

mike

I’m still a thinking man. I wish I had spent more of my life admitting that I didn’t actually know even half of what I accepted as absolute truth. Now I see tons of others, who are now as I was then, who would rather critcize and attack what other people think than support what they themselves claim as truth.

People making posts on top of posts dealing with heavy philosophical or cosmological ‘arguments’ but they having little to no educational or formal training or background in the fields they speak on.

What is it about “I don’t know” that seems to threaten people so much?

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike

Ronovan Writes Monday HaiKu Challenge: Air and Lantern

Hello all you readers and writers. I’m joining the Weekly HaiKu Challenge on Mondays led by Ronovan Writes. Go HERE for the instructions and how to particpate. This week’s Prompt words are Air and Lantern.Here I my entry for this week.

What could be better?

We float over the desert

Bourne only by Breath.

-mike

Why not have a try? Do you post, drop a link at Ronovan’s and if you’d like to let me know also, that would be fantastic.

-mike

Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Sanctuary”


Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. Sadly, we had no other participants from last week.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word is Sanctuary.

Cycles of Rest

Friday promises

Paid in full on Saturday

Come due on Monday.

What happened last week

A foggy dream remembered

With a cup of Joe

Home is where I’m home

Sanctuary from the stress.

Work makes me homesick.

-mike

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!

-mike