Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry, Merry

"The Settling"

as gently as
the dove
that lit upon
His shoulder.

It rustles
feathers and,
with the softness
of a child's

And, now, I shall settle into a vacation... see you in the New Year. Until then, merry merry to you.

Doves photo by Gail Nadeau. Used with permission.


Blogger Christianne said...

I love the poem and the photograph, LL. The photo makes me want to inhabit Christmas, though I'm not exactly sure what that even means. The poem struck wonder into my heart: that Christmas would descend as gently and quietly as the dove. The "first" Christmas was this way, speaking of impossible love, but so can Christmas be today, sneaking upon us unawares, until we cannot help but finally know it is there (for those who notice) and moving outward in impossible love through the love we choose to show our others.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Llama Momma said...

Beautiful poem. Have a wonderful christmas!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Have a blessed Christmas!

9:51 AM  
Blogger A Musing Mom said...

Mmmm. Makes me want to settle in too. Have a great vacation and Christmas!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Mark Goodyear said...

I love the poem. I wish I felt that way. Christmas settles in for me about like a Texas country boy settles onto a two ton bull about to be released into the ring.

Yee Haw! Happy Christmas, Y'all!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Craver VII said...

The photo left me breathless.
The poem was received like a cup of hot chocolate: Mmmmm...

Then mg shouts "Yee-Haw!" and I have to laugh out loud.

Christmas blessings to you, your family, and the friends you have gathered here.

2:36 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Ah, Craver, you are too funny. Yes, the "Yee haw!" was a little break in the rhythm here. But I accept all kinds of comments. :) Maybe Mark will write his own Christmas poem... about a bull coming in to knock over the tree... that'd be good.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Charity Singleton said...

Laura -- Grace and peace to you. Merry Christmas!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...


I hope you have a great time L.L

All my Best Wishes


6:18 PM  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Best wishes for a Happy Christmas with your family, and may 2007 be good to you and your dear ones. It's raining and foggy here in Canada, perhaps in NY too.... whatever happened to the fabled White Christmas??

11:03 PM  
Blogger One More Writer said...

Your beautiful words are such a sweet Christmas gift to us all. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas celebration.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year! :)

5:40 AM  
Blogger Ted Gossard said...

Merry, mery to you, as well.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Jim Martin said...

Hope you had a very merry Christmas. I really like these lines today.

7:02 PM  
Blogger andre said...


A slightly belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you.

I'm adding your blog to the Every Square Inch blogroll for 2007. And, thanks for stopping by with your comments and questions on my blog. I've enjoyed the interaction.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Linea said...

I am belated too but Blessings of the Christmas season and wishing you a wonderful new years to come.

That is a beautiful poem. Thanks

2:47 PM  
Blogger spaghettipie said...

What a beautiful poem, and I loved the picture. It brought me a moment of peace in what has been a stressful holiday season. Thanks for your gift of words and pictures.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

7:48 PM  

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