Monday, December 22, 2014

Alaskanpoet's Reflections On Christmas

This Christmas seems like most, with busy malls, Fed Ex and UPS clogging the streets and byways, Christmas lights lighting up the sky, retailers giving thanks that they may end in the black, Santas in every mall, Salvation Army pots with bells ringing on every corner, Christmas carols, less Christmas cards but more internet greetings, the excitement of children of the coming great event, battles over whether nativity scenes may be placed on public property and whether Christmas plays can be performed in public schools, all of which may make it difficult for we mere mortals to stop, take a breath and seek even for just the slimmest of moments the true gift one should give and seek to receive, the gift of peace. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; may all of us mere mortals domestic and abroad enjoy the gift of peace.

                                                           Reflections on Christmas 2014

Regardless of age, this is the most magical of all of the seasons
Where even adults watching children can be ruled by magic not the confines of reason
Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa all celebrated but absent until 2030 is Ramadan,
A special time for peace and voices to pray that hatred and the dogs of war see not another dawn
Regardless of our race or creed we are all human beings on this tiny blue speck
More so than ever in our relations with each other domestic and foreign a sense of love to inject
This is a season that needs to the rush for material gifts transcend
Quickly forgotten, consumed or discarded a more lasting gift one needs to send
Not found in any big box retailer or even online
But it flourishes within and it will endure until the end of your time
It needs no ribbons, needs no colorful wrappings
But it is the core of our humanity trappings
It is the gift of peace given freely to all you might greet
It is the tranquility that enables the soul to overcome any impending defeat
Unlike the material gifts that tarnish and an attic soon find
This is a gift that grows, adding to the soul, to the heart, adding to the mind
This Christmas, this season make sure the gift of peace is on your list
Without it, we poor humans will have a hard time for the soul to subsist
Forget about Ponce de Leon and his fountain of youth swampy quest
Look only into the eyes of children dreaming of Santa and you will see the aging arrest
Whether you be Christian, Jew, Atheist, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Kwanzaa black
Seek the gift of peace to help keep the humanity of this planet on the right track
© December 13, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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