Friday, December 9, 2016

December Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

My December prompt is "Write a poem about what Christmas means to you, submitted by The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver. I must admit I groaned inside when I received my prompt email. I used to write poetry all the time, but now even when I get a creative idea, I never get more than a few lines in before I give up. The scariest thing though,was I've never written a poem from a prompt. I generally get a spark of an idea and just roll with it. So thank you Rena, for pushing me out of my comfort zone. I'd also like to apologize to whomever got my prompt, I forgot it was December and that I probably should have went with a Christmas prompt! Anyway, here goes.

What Christmas Means to Me

It's that time of year again
my favorite time of all.
It comes just before the new year
and just at the end of fall.

I hung the decorations 
right after Thanksgiving
Now the house looks like the North Pole
without any snow.

I've made my list,
I've checked it twice.
Now it's time to shop, 
no matter the price!

The dash is on,
to get it all done,
but make absolutely sure
we don't forget the fun!

We'll make plans to see the lights
and Santa too
I might even stop by
to enjoy a hot chocolate with you!

The cards arriving in the mail
make me so giddy.
I love seeing you all in your Christmas gear
decked out so festive and pretty.

The big day is coming soon
the gifts are all wrapped.
The house is filled with sounds,
of family and joyful Christmas tunes.

Tonight we'll light a fire
and make cookies too
Put on our Christmas jammies
as the wait for Santa gets down to the wire.

Come close my dear child.
I have a story to tell,
Of  a baby born in a distant land,
with no place to call his home.

His parents found a manger warm
to shelter their gift from God
As the animals nestled close
wise men brought gold and myrrh.

Close your eyes dear child
the time is near
the birth of a King
the most special time of year.

Hope that wasn't too painful for y'all!

Head on over and see what my friends have for you today!

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  1. I'm so glad your prompt gave you a bit of a push, you rose to the challenge, your poem is perfect.
    I'm also glad you didn't send in a Christmas prompt. It's less fun when too many prompts in any given month are about one general subject.

  2. Whenever the real meaning of Christmas is mentioned I always cry and this was no exception. We all get caught up in the hustle and bustle, the gifts, the movies, the food we sometimes forget. Thank you

  3. This was so well done. I was thoroughly impressed. I got your prompt and am glad it wasn't Christmas. I enjoyed sharing my story.

  4. I'm glad I didn't get this prompt! lol but you did an awesome job <3 Sometimes the prompts I'm least excited about turn out the best, pushing me in ways I didn't even know I needed. Great job!

  5. I'm not a poet writer / reader, but I liked yours because so many fuzzy and warm images were popping up in my head!
    My favorite line was "but make absolutely sure we don't forget the fun!"
    Happy Holidays!

  6. That was awesome! You did a fabulous job. I'm not good with poetry at all. Happy holidays!