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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)

TITLE: Seeing Christmas Lights
By Randy Lucas
11/05/08


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Gathered in a swirling pile,
the snapshots left from yesterday’s mile
a thing of beauty in a top-shelf height,
a forgotten box of Christmas lights.

When I was a boy, oh many years prior
I oft warmed my toes by our front room fire
and played, while December’s long cold nights
were brightly lit by our Christmas lights.

And nights were filled with childish dreams,
dreamed just yesterday, or so it seems.
And nightmares seldom ruled the nights
when our house was warmed by Christmas lights.

And gentle reminders that all was well
when Grandpa invited, “come sit a spell”.
And his woven tales brought great delights
beside the glow of our Christmas lights.

It’s been quite a while now, since that sweet day
when life was all lollipops, ice cream and play.
And life is oft filled with real pains and frights
and I tend to forget the old Christmas lights.

But long about now in the days of December
I find myself remembering how to remember.
And the memory awakens those dormant sights
and I can’t help but giggle, when I see Christmas lights.


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cindy yarger11/07/08
I like this. Your last stanza was perfect. Remembering how to remember and giggling. Fun. Thanks.
Marlene Austin11/07/08
Liked your poem. Good rhythm. Especially liked the lines: "And nightmares seldom ruled the nights, when our house was warmed by Christmas lights." :)
Karlene Jacobsen 11/13/08
Oh, this is an awesome tribute to memories of yesteryear.
Congrats on 1st place for the level. You deserved it. See you in advanced.
Celeste Ammirata11/14/08
Wonderful! Congratulations on placing first in your level. See you in Advanced.