A Poem for Christmas Day – Christmas Bells

Many of us in the US grew up with some exposure to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – his poems “Song of Hiawatha” and “The Village Blacksmith” were taught in elementary school.  Our exposure to his poetry was so consistent that I automatically consider Longfellow “my” poet. Which is why (forgive the … Continue ReadingA Poem for Christmas Day – Christmas Bells

A Christmas Legend and Poem

There is a legend that the animals in their barns kneel at midnight on Christmas Eve. This poem by Thomas Hardy immortalizes the belief.  The last two stanzas of the poem express my hope, my suspension of disbelief, and my quiet but stubborn lifelong conviction that magic and miracles can … Continue ReadingA Christmas Legend and Poem

A Poem Every Day until December 25

I ordered this book, A Literary Christmas: An Anthology,  about a month ago, and it finally arrived late last week. It’s published by the British Library, and contains both poems and prose excerpts from short stories and novels.  It’s a lovely little book, with a gem on every page, offering vintage … Continue ReadingA Poem Every Day until December 25

Thanksiving with Truman Capote and Walt Whitman

That Truman – he wrote some stuff. I’m re-reading In Cold Blood right now – the true crime story of the November 15, 1959 slaughter of the Clutter family in Kansas, which happened just before Thanksgiving of that year. The story is riveting, but it holds another layer of interest … Continue ReadingThanksiving with Truman Capote and Walt Whitman