Sunday, December 23, 2012

HOLIDAY STORIES: ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN



I love this piece by the incomparable Yvonne Lewis. I tried to analyze why it touches me so. I think because it captures the spirit of hope and the magic of the season. All I know is it's a lovely piece for the season. 




ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:



Outside of a shop window,
A boy, clothes all tattered and torn.
His hair a complete mess,
His shoes all dirty and worn.

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He peered into the toy shop window.
His sad eyes were transfixed.
He looked in awesome wonder.
Holding a bundle of sticks.

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It was just coming up for Christmas,
Would he get anything at all?
He nearly jumped out of his skin,
As he heard his mother call.

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"I'm only on the outside looking in" he said.
As he noticed her anxious look.
For they were as poor as church mice,
She couldn't even afford a book.

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Christmas Day dawned like any other day.
Cupboard, hardly any food.
Realization showed on his face,
That today was not going to be good.

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During the day a knock on the door,
Santa stood there looking merry.
With food for the two and toys for the boy,
For the mother a bottle of sherry.

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"I was on the outside looking in" Santa said.
As astonishment showed on their faces.
With tears in their eyes, Santa said his goodbyes,
And was whisked off to faraway places.

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7 comments:

Yvonne's World of Poetry said...

Thanks for putting this poem of mine on your blog, I hope others will enjoy it also.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

Yvonne.

Jo said...

Good one. Thanks Sia and Yvonne.

Anne Gallagher said...

What a beautiful piece.

Happy Christmas, Sia! Hope it's warm and wonderful.

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, what a touching piece of poetry! Just perfect for Christmas.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. Yvonne can write some lovely poetry ... and this is one of those - perfect for Christmas ..

Hope you both had peaceful ones .. cheers Hilary

Melanie Schulz said...

Merry Christmas!

Arlee Bird said...

This is an outstanding piece from my dear friend Yvonne. Thank you for putting her in the limelight on your blog and sharing her poem with the rest of us. Have a great 2013!

Lee
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