Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Poetry Thursday 284 - Approaching year end

The end of year approaches and the associated celebrations are to be prepared for.

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Reindeer

As a reindeer,
excited at the approaching end of year,
anticipating an evening soaring,
hearing the children imploring.

Calmly following nudges,
as their red-caped captain judges,
from one house roof to another,
gaps and turns not a bother.

Waiting for bells sounding,
snuggled beneath duvets but peeking,
looking for tell-tale glimmers of light,
in the darkness of the night.

Naughty or nice?
Did they answer teacher back twice?
What level of sinning permitted,
before Santa’s visit is omitted?

As a reindeer,
when the exciting morning is over,
exhausted after a busy night,
children wishing he’s got it right.

Back to the stable,
just as steady as they are able,
bedding down in warm dry hay,
another year’s rest their pay.
©David L Atkinson November 2017





Annual Rhythm

As the year winds down,
toward the inevitable closure,
an unsurprising ennui settles,
with the darker, shorter days.

No reason for this annual pulse,
of emotional see-sawing,
self-generated mood swings,
and seasonal affective disorder.

Within a few weeks back to normal,
the brighter, warmer days will alter,
the low mood of winter’s toil,
but come on! – We live in England.

This sceptred isle lies deep,
within the northern hemisphere.
This other Eden sleep,
coolly in the chill seas near.
©David L Atkinson November 2017


God Bless