Twelve Days Til Christmas

Twelve Days Til Christmas

A Poem by Girl Friday (Sarah W.)

picket fences 

too white for this coastal air

stand poised for decoration

ready to be draped with colored lights

emerging from a cardboard box

ready for the annual untangling


the snowman in the next yard

is filling with hot air

tipping like a metronome

and smiling with painted pride

as plastic penguins glisten with sweat

on the white ashes of a commercial conspiracy


give me a cup of steaming cider 

and a blanket to warm my feet

a golden bell to hang upon the door

and a pine scented candle to remind me

of distant mountains and breathing trees


i need no boxes or paper wrapping

no bows to prove that I belong

give me the echo of reminiscence

sweeter than any Christmas confection

and blissful souls to surround my table

decorated only with broken bread 

© 2013 Girl Friday (Sarah W.)

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give me a cup of steaming cider
and a blanket to warm my feet
a golden bell to hang upon the door
and a pine scented candle to remind me
of distant mountains and breathing trees

I'm always so jealous of one or your stanzas. I read this one and made that involuntary mmmm sound that happens when you sit down in a comfortable chair after a long day. You are awesome.

Posted 8 Years Ago

you give birth to the spirit of the season singing this song...wonderfully done

Posted 8 Years Ago

The true joys of Christmas - the family and friends surrounding us. I loved your poem, Sarah. Merry Christmas!

Posted 8 Years Ago

A good greetings card turned diary write :) happy holidays dear :)

Posted 8 Years Ago

You bring the gift of Christmas with your writing Sarah. Many happy returns for you and may all your wishes come true.


Posted 8 Years Ago

the snowman in the next yard
is filling with hot air
tipping like a metronome
and smiling with painted pride
as plastic penguins glisten with sweat
on the white ashes of a commercial conspiracy

Love that part..a great little holiday ditty here.
Well done Miss Sarah......let's hope you get a real present and not just a prop...:)


Posted 8 Years Ago

No artificial tacky tinsel required here, just give me real people and communal spirit !

The genuine, genteel gift of poetic literacy !

Posted 8 Years Ago

This certainly spoke to me this year since Oklahoma has had very little snow. It's been cold, but needless to say I haven't built a snowman (or woman) yet. Very well done, GF! Hopefully, I'll try to post something Christmas-sy within the next couple of days. This piece has kicked me into gear:)

Posted 8 Years Ago

Absolutely stunning. The last verse is my favorite. Your talent never ceases to amaze me.
Merry Christmas!
:) Julie

Posted 8 Years Ago

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Girl Friday (Sarah W.)
Girl Friday (Sarah W.)

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