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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Home for Christmas (11/20/08)

TITLE: Years ago ...
By Leigh MacKelvey
11/26/08


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I swore
Id not turn from home
I think , yes it was when a meadow was my pillow
and the swan strutted in the lake,
just for me.
But then the rains spilled, thunder threatened a deep loud noise,
liightening sparred with me so strong,
and while I slipped down the slope,
my swan stopped its strut,
so I moved to another house,
another green lawn.

My meadow became a swamp
I could not
comfortably sleep
and so even though Id sworn
I turned
away from home ...
anyhow,
Peter swore the same, they say,
Hear the cock crow now?
I hear the cock crow now.

So I want to come home to Christmas
To the home that I once knew.

And if
fools should pull me from the Truth,
hold me captive for awhile
Will You
help me renew?
Help me to forgive myself
and my own mistakes?
Bring me
mistletoe,
hold it over my tangled hair
Then Ill reach for
Your kiss,
honestly,
I want to see that baby snuggle in the hay
And hear Him cry,
Come home,
Come home to me.

I need to come home to Christmas
to the home built for me

I was free
to roam a million miles ,
now Im free to come back home.
Outside my window,
the Moon weeps,
for in all my travels on the earth
never was there anything of worth
and all along the Moon knew
I would not find a place where I could
lay my head,
lay my head down to sleep

Now I want to be home,
Home to Christmas

So will You
tear down my unsafe walls?
See me through the forest
to find the perfect Christmas tree?
I want to
wear out my welcome,
risk discovering the fine art of me,
tenderly,
You say I can never wear out my welcome,
my welcome with thee.

Id love to come home to Christmas

I remember its a home I can live in,
where the curtains blow fresh air
inside to breath,
where I can see the heart of God,
hang my coat on the Morning Star,
I want to come home to Christmas,
faithfully,
because Christmas isnt a holiday,
Christmas is eternity.

I want to come home to Christmas

To a table set finely
with Christmas china and such.
Will You meet me at the table?
There well share a simple roll,
there You'll pour the wine all through my soul,
my king,
I will come home to Christmas, with recollections of joy,
and ever,
ever,
a song to sing

Im home to Christmas.


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Sharlyn Guthrie11/28/08
I love the message and the imagery you used throughout this poem, expecially in the final stanza. Wonderful job!
Jan Ackerson 12/01/08
Gorgeous imagery in a totally masterful poem. Love it to pieces!
Catrina Bradley 12/01/08
I can so hear this set to music - did you have song lyrics in mind when penning these words? Emotion stirring praise.
Teresa Lee Rainey12/02/08
There is so much I love about this, but I'll hold it to this one word. . . Beautiful. :)
Dee Yoder 12/03/08
This is an excellent, moving, touching, and beautiful poem. It is filled with wonderful imagery and imaginative metaphors. Love it.
Betty Castleberry12/03/08
What a wordsmith you are. This is lovely, and the message is great.
Charla Diehl 12/03/08
The talent and gift you've been given are jumping off the page in this poem. The line that grabbed me was "Christmas is eternity". A winner for sure.
Pamela Kliewer12/03/08
Wow. So much to take in and reflect upon. Well done.
Dianne Janak12/04/08
Very well written ...especially loved the ending!