Archive for December 11th, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

Poetry Friday round-up with Tara at A Teaching Life

Poetry Friday round-up with Tara at A Teaching Life


The multiple pictures of Christmas trees started showing up on Facebook before Thanksgiving.  The more pictures posted, the more anxious I became.  When we moved into this house eleven years ago, I didn’t get a tree until Dec. 18th, and Christmas came anyway.  So what made me think on Dec. 1st that I was running behind?  Should I let Facebook run my life?  Get a grip.

My tree is here.  We ventured out last Saturday afternoon to find the just-right one.  It’s up.  There are lights on it.  That’s all.

I know I will enjoy putting the ornaments on.  I will travel through the years and think of all the kids I have taught.  I love the ones that mark “Baby’s First Christmas” and other milestones. Many memories in the box.  But I can’t make myself do it yet.  What am I waiting for? (A chunk of time that seems to get more and more elusive with each new December day.)


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Tall evergreen in my living room,

long branches reach out,

my fingers touch your soft fur.

I’ll adorn you soon.

But today I watch

your twinkle lights


–Margaret Simon


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