February 2, 2023


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Christmas Tempest

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Christmas Tempest


Days of
snow on conifers
and quiet vigils
of candlelit windows
spirit a young lass
with raven ringlets and
emerald velvet frock

to a once familiar hiding place
among brocade drapery the color
of a pirate’s doubloon.

Pungent eggnog and the
perfume of Fall’s harvest
warm hardily as the crackling
splitting hardwood fire
in the next room’s hearth.

Content in the purpose
of love and its labors,
immaculate wings of
a Nollaig Chridheil *
break chains of dark deeds past
towering in ruinous brume
beyond the wide doorway.

Unfettered hours
of Yuletide revive
sweet scented
evergreen swags
hanging graciously from
the mantelpiece to the floor.

Echoing songs of joy
usher peace to shining eyes
from mountain tops to ebbing tides.

A Christmas tempest
overwhelms the desolate and thirsty,
setting sail even broken vessels
into harbors of peace.


©  River Blue 2022


*Nollaig Chridheil — Scots Gaelic phrase meaning Merry Christmas



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4 thoughts on “Christmas Tempest

  1. This evokes such fantasy images in the mind, River, and then at the same time offers hope to the World with its message. A worthy and much appreciated submission to Parapraxis at any time of year. Bravo.

  2. Such a lovely poem about Christmas…
    Modern people have forgotten why we celebrate Christmas, and it has become commercialized. But this poem reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. “Peace to shining eyes from mountain tops to ebbing tides.” Christmas is about spreading love, kindness and peace to every living being around the world.

    “A Christmas tempest
    overwhelms the desolate and thirsty,
    setting sail even broken vessels
    into harbors of peace.”

  3. Yes, the language and rhythm of the poem is a delight, helping to bring to life the Mystical sense in Yuletide.

  4. This is a beautifully written and evocative poem that captures the magic and warmth of the Christmas season. The imagery of snow-covered conifers, candlelit windows, and the crackling fire in the hearth all contribute to a sense of cozy warmth and comfort. The reference to “a Nollaig Chridheil” and the imagery of “immaculate wings” breaking “chains of dark deeds past” adds a touch of whimsy and suggests the transformative power of love and the holiday season. The final lines, with their reference to a “Christmas tempest” that “overwhelms the desolate and thirsty,” are particularly powerful, conveying the idea that the holiday season has the ability to bring hope and healing to even the most troubled of souls. Overall, this is a beautifully written and deeply moving poem

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