So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much! Rebecca

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Annual Christmas Poem

Each year at this time, I pull up this poem on my screen and revise it.
Sadly, the last verse never changes.

Snow at Christmas
by Glenda C. Beall

Silent December snow covers
grey mountain forests, clings
to thin bare branches of oaks,
poplar and ash.

It mounds on brown wide leaves
still hanging on to stubborn trees
that, until now, denied winter’s presence.
Holly bushes crowned with snow

create photo ops for Christmas cards.
Rooftops iced in white, frosted
gingerbread houses, await
Santa's footsteps.

Red ribbons on our mailbox
collect crystal flakes
within curving bows,
on bunched pine boughs.

Kayla hangs her stocking, dreams
of Barbie dolls, gift wrapped boxes
piled high beneath her brilliant
Christmas tree.

We light a candle in the snow.
Pray for children around the world,
who long for peace, a cup of rice,
an end to fear and


  1. Beautiful poem : ) Even if the ending will never change-it still somehow seems like there is hope it might.

  2. Thank you for that lovely picture. Of course, in our lifetimes we aren't likely
    to find a way to revise the last verse.

  3. The poem is very poignant. I pray for the end of war and hunger.

    Merry Christmas, Glenda!


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