Thursday, December 11, 2014

Poem: "They'll Always Be Christmas" by Edna Jaques


There’ll always be Christmas
As long as a light
Glows in the window
To guide folks at night.
As long as a star
In the heavens above
Keep shining down,
There’ll be Christmas and love.

                          There’ll always be Christmas
                          As long as a tree
                          Grows on a hilltop,
                          As long as the sea
                          Breaks into foam
                          On a white pebbled beach,
                          As long as there’s laughter
                          And beautiful speech.

There’ll always be Christmas
As long as a street
Gives back the echo
Of homeward-bound feet,
And children with mittens
And warm winter clothes
Have bright eyes that sparkle
And cheeks like a rose.

                          There’ll always be Christmas
                          With holly and snow
                          And church bells that ring
                          In the valley below,
                          Shop windows lit,
                          And doorways ajar,
                          And over the housetops
                          A glint of a star.

The cavernous length
Of a stocking to fill,
A wreath on the window,
A light on a hill,
The song of the angels,
And, over again,
The beautiful message –

Goodwill among men.