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Christmas 2021

‘Tis the week before Christmas
And what should I write?
I guess no-one has time
To read what I write.
So to save myself bother
I’m recycling some stuff
That I’ve posted before
And I hope that‘s enough.

(With some new thoughts and a sound recording for 2021)

My prayer below was written as part of a blogging challenge in 2013 for Christmas Eve. It remains relevant today.

O God, our heavenly Father,
We praise and thank you for your many gifts to us.
At this time of Christmas we remember your mercy
in sending us your son, Jesus to be our saviour.
We pray for all the people of the world,
especially for those who are in any hardship at this time:
the lonely, those suffering in body, mind or spirit, refugees and all those without a home.
We pray for all who are working to alleviate suffering, to bring about peace and to spread the good news about Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace,
who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit and in whose name we pray. Amen

The world has been a challenging place to live throughout the ages. Christmas services of Nine lessons* and carols begin with the story of Adam and Eve hiding from God because they had disobeyed Him. Genesis 3:8-15 It ends before the point where they leave the garden of Eden, often referred to as paradise. Genesis 3:23

*readings from the Bible

In the reading about the birth of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel we are reminded that ‘they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.’

The climax of the service is the reading from the first chapter of the Gospel of John 1:1-14. We are reminded that if we receive Christ we are given the power to become children of God.

In a Christmas concert this year I read two of my poems. Click the link to hear a recording of them I made beforehand.

My final recycled item is a Christmas greeting from last year with my colouring of Joy to the World by Isaac Watts illustrated by Jacqui Grace in her colouring book Images of Joy.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come; let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room. and Heav'n and Nature sing.
Joy to the World

My card is a reminder that Christmas is still about the positive aspects of God’s gifts to us including Love, Joy and Peace.

Whatever your circumstances at this time, I pray that you will be blessed with a knowledge of the Giver of all good gifts.

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Paint chip similes

This week Linda Kruschke has picked simile from the Poetry dictionary. Don’t forget to visit her blog for the paint chip colours, her poem and the links to others. why not try your own poem.

Georgina Tennant gives advice to non-poets on how to write poetry. Her poem about bereavement is poignant though.

Your challenge, dear poets, is to write a poem using simile. Sounds easy, I know. But here’s the catch: for every simile in your poem, one of the paint chip words or phrases must be on one side of the linking word. That means the number of similes in your poem depends on how many of the paint chips you choose to color with. The paint chip words and phrases you have to choose from are bluebird, sweet ‘n’ sour, taxi, deep dark wood, vintage turquoise, ultraviolet, and sparkle.

I’m only requiring you to pick one, but as usual you can pick up some useless bonus points if you use them all. And a gold star if you can figure out how to put two of them on opposite sides of your simile linking word.

Linda Kruschke

I found this challenge difficult, perhaps because I was tired when I tried it.

Danger signs

Wasps, like London and New York taxis
Cut up and reassembled, nest
On the edge of the deep dark wood
As threatening as night sounds, which test
The nerves of anyone who could
Be old enough to have worn minis and maxis.

How do you read this? What is threatening?

If you are interested in wasps’ nests I have photos of some on my other blog, Sue’s words and pictures.

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Paint chip poem with 31 words – corn maze

During August Linda Kruschke is providing a choice of three paint chips each week as inspiration for a 31-word poem.

Linda writes:
‘This week’s paint chip words and phrases are corn maze, obsidian, and matcha.
Once again, I would like you to pick just one of these words or phrases and write a poem of exactly 31 words (because there are 31 days in August). The title, if you want to have one, is not included in the word count.
Please visit her blog for the whole challenge, her poem and the poems of other participants.’

This time I have chosen to write about a corn maze, which in UK English would be a maize maze. I have had trouble confining myself to 31 words, ending up with two 31-word verses. The first is factual and the second somewhat fictitious.

Amazed

Outside we can see
Fields and the Irish Sea;
Pastures with herds and flocks;
Crops swell the stocks
Of silage, oilseed rape, barley –
And once a corn maze was a novelty.

In the corn maze
The spikes of maize
Dwarf little people like me.
We took two turns left – or was it three?
I’ll be happier when
We find the exit again!

Blue sky with clouds, blue sea on left, headland with fields on right, buildings more pastures on left, telegraph pole, trees
Irish Sea and fields in August after crops have been harvested