Advent Calendar Poem #24: A Mild Christmas Eve

The low dawn casts its shadow
gently as pastel persimmon
across the rooftops
as blinds twitch
in hope of snowfall

robins like paladins
stand proudly atop fenceposts
keeping watch over the people they love
singing quiet whispers of strength

along the emerald and dull silver hedgerow
the squabbles of nature seem calmer
as if peace has befallen predator and prey
and no man’s land is safe for a while

believing isn’t seeing
believing is believing

Thanks for joining me for the last day of the advent calendar of poems. I hope you’ve enjoyed my scribbling over the past month and year. All your support is highly appreciated.

Here’s a quote from my favourite Christmas film, Scrooged: “ It’s Christmas Eve! It’s, it’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we, we, we smile a little easier, we, w-w-we, we, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be! It’s a miracle, it’s really, a sort of a miracle because it happens every Christmas Eve.”

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year


Advent Calendar Poem #23: Pressure Cooking

There’s a tumbling of sprouts
mini green baubles spilling
over the kitchen floor
from the punctured paper bag
a reindeer’s snack
has caused the tear
as if anticipating
the sound of sleigh bells
but the only sound at the moment
is sobbing and swearing
the self-imposed pressure building
before you can relax
you have a hundred jobs to do
but Christmas isn’t all on your shoulders
grab a drink and take a seat
a deep breath to slow down
like snow falling
everything will be okay.

Hey everyone Merry Christmas Eve Eve. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read the penultimate advent calendar poem for 2022.

Here’s a quote from one of my favourite Xmas movies, The Polar Express “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

Take It Easy


Advent Calendar Poem #22: Sparkly Presents

The wreath shines
in winter light
scarlet holly glowing
slices of scented citrus
glistening like stained glass
even long-dried pinecones
have a revived golden aura
emerald fir and spruce branches
hold everything together
this natural bracelet
a truly precious
and priceless gift.

Thanks for taking the time to read this poem. I hope you’re doing amazing this week and have some merriment planned over the festive period. Only 2 poems left of the calendar. Thanks for the ongoing support, it’s very appreciated.

Take It Easy


Advent Calendar Poem #21: Midwinter

The winter solstice 
deepens the darkness
tilted away from the sun
we cling to the watercolour sky
and whatever sunlight we can
for our diurnal delectation
the night
- can wait.

Hey, happy solstice day and thanks for stopping by to read poem number 21. I hope you are having a great week and have had plenty smiles this week.

Take It Easy


Advent Calendar Poem #20: A Take on Christmas Films

I slip into the comfort 
of old Christmas movies
like John & Hans tearing up Nakatomi
Buddy finding his family and a new job
George finding help from Clarence
Frank Cross reuniting with Claire
and a boy in blue dancing with snowmen
the nostalgia is like hot chocolate
and warm hugs
it’s hard sometimes to step away.

Thanks for stopping by today to read number 20 in the advent calendar. I hope your week is going well and that your all sorted for the festivities.

Take It Easy


Advent Calendar Poem #18: A Smile On Your Face

Snowmen standing in front gardens
waving at passers-by
who cling on to fenceposts
tentative steps on glass concrete
some have dogs that pull on the lead
and drag like huskies
along the glittery cycle path.

If you see something that you find amusing don’t be afraid to smile. I hope your weekend has been well spent, less than a week to Christmas!

Take it easy


Advent Calendar Poem #17: Feast

The robins and gulls
were dancing around the
garden this morning
and last night
eyes on the ground
oblivious to each other
beaks tapping on frozen ground
percussive plundering
but there was nothing to find.

Tonight when they return
they will enjoy
a bounty of seeds and nuts
a festive feast
from us to them.

Thanks for reading. I hope your weekend is going well.

Take it Easy


Advent Calendar Poem #14: Precious Decorations

We found treasure
on the forest floor
scattered pinecones
shining silvery-white
in the winter frost-glow
and the cool
pearl sun.

Thanks for taking the time today’s poem. I can’t believe there’s only ten left. December is going by far too quickly.

Remember to come back tomorrow for the next calendar door to be opened.

Take It Easy,