Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Angels Weep

I truly believe there is not one soul who cannot, who is not, affected by what transpired in Connecticut yesterday.  Words seem so shallow, hollow.  But below is my humble attempt to honor those who were killed.

Children’s laughter rang through the halls,
then silence ~
eternal sleep

Families now torn asunder,
forever ~
sorrow too deep

Twenty-six souls heavenly bound,
tears for them ~
the angels weep
@ Kristina M. Hooper, 12/15/12

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sing Sweetly Unto Thee

I actually started listening to Christmas carols again...and on the way to work the other day, I thought about writing a poem using the titles of some of my favorite Christmas songs.  I love the more christian, traditional songs.  Of course, I couldn't fit every song in the poem, but below is what I created using a few (song titles are capitalized).

Sing Sweetly Unto Thee

Silent Night, Oh Holy Night,
the angels’ voices ring;
O Come All Ye Faithful ones
to worship new born king.

Little Town of Bethlehem,
to you a child is born;
Ah, What Child is This, sleeping
so humble and low born.

Now, Do You Hear What I Hear
throughout the endless night;
Hark! The Herald Angels’ Sing
His praises they recite.

As With Gladness Men of Old,
rejoice! be full of joy;
He Smiles Within His Cradle,
Mary’s kingly boy.

@ Kristina M. Hooper, 12/12/12

Christmas Season

Well, it's been quite awhile since I've posted anything to this blog.  Actually, have done very little writing in the past 8-9 months.  But my Mom was here visiting not long ago and she encouraged me to start writing again.  So, Mom, this is for you.

Christmas time is here again.  When I was younger, Christmas was such a special time of year ~ loved everything about the season.  As I have aged, a certain sadness comes over me, and the season is a difficult one for me.  Of course, I am missing Daddy and thinking of him quite a bit.  And I am trying to focus on what this season is all about.  Christ and his birth, and his love for each of us. 

Since we've been in Florida, we've wanted to do an outdoor manger scene.  For the past three years, we could not find a manger set.  A couple of months ago, our neighbor gifted us with a set - someone from her American Legion was getting rid a set and our neighbor remembered we were looking for one.  So...this year, we have our manger scene. We put it up yesterday and are so happy with the results.  The only negative - being worried someone will steal the pieces since it is a 'christian' display and not commercial.  My sweet husband is going to find a way to secure the pieces and then I can rest easy.

We are not focusing on gifts, but rather giving.  For it is in giving that we receive.  It is in loving others that we find happiness.  And for the first time in years, I am feeling the Christmas spirit return.  I am finding a peace within that I haven't known in years. 

Here is to the Christmas season, the most blessed, wonderful time of the year!