Living Room Noel

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Lighting in the room is muted;
Fuzzy multicolored echoes
surround the fir in the corner.

Ornaments and tinsel garlands
reflect their neighboring starpoints;
rainbow chorus of Peace on Earth.

A single electric candle
illumines each hand-frosted window,
and wreaths adorn the upper panes.

Beneath the tree’s spread of branches
a tiny village is nestled;
the N-gauge train runs on schedule.

Above all, an angel keeps watch,
communicant and guardian.
Christmas is comfortable here.

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I have just learned today (12/12/19 at 3:00 PM EST) that this poem and A Glow at Christmas (also posted here) are being printed in our local newspaper!

8 comments

    • Hi Michael

      Above all, an angel keeps watch,
      communicant and guardian.
      Christmas is comfortable here.

      I would say Christmas is not only “comfortable” there scene but also blessed and spiritually beautiful. Those last lines are perfect to sum up this lovely scene. You give us a sense of contentment but also community closeness at Christmas with these splendid lines —

      Beneath the tree’s spread of branches
      a tiny village is nestled;
      the N-gauge train runs on schedule.

      I really enjoyed this viewpoint of the Holiday and thank you for sharing and bringing back, my own similar memories of Christmas past. When I was in High School, our Latin club teacher was married to a man of German descent. He taught music and both of them celebrated the holiday with extraordinary decorations. One of their traditions included placing an alpine village beneath the tree surrounded by mountains, made out of white sewing batting and cotton I think. and an old-fashioned train that did actually run on toy tracks. As students we were always invited to visit her home and enjoy the decorations. I , being of Swiss heritage, particularly loved the village scene. But there were other delights like the vintage wooden carousels propelled by candles and real sleigh bells on the door. Your poem invoked those memories for me.

      Again, thanks for sharing,
      Wendy

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  1. Thank you Wendy. Wow, what an incredible Christmas memory! I would’ve loved to have seen it. Your description puts me right there in the room, and I want to linger and see all the details. You have a poem there begging to be written.

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