Poetic Reflections on Holidays

Evan Mantyk

PureInsight | January 9, 2006


Such Holiday Cheer

On Christmas morning, though covered in snow,
The ground picks up sun, and then seems to glow.
Though my poor hands burn from the Midwest cold,
On a chocolate Santa, I keep hold.
Though that shirt I got I would never wear,
I'm pretty sure that my brother would dare.
The bitter months of Winter lie ahead,
Yet, at least I will have a nice, warm bed.

After Winter comes Spring and then joy again,
The boy who felt "always eight" will be ten.
Who should I thank for such holiday cheer?
What brought us together despite our fear?
When Jesus was born many years ago,
He brought high principles to earth below.
With Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance,
He kept the heavens and earth in balance.

We would fall if there weren't balance today,
Let's be merry that Gods left things this way.

(Written on December 3, 2005, at Dragon Springs)

A New Zealand Vacation

Bountiful branches adorn ornate walls
Of kiwi orchards that form palace halls.
Clear, clean waters on all sides are a moat,
An island just off the coast, the King's boat.
Grassy green hills fill up room after room,
In larger chambers, snow-topped mountains loom.
Splendid, spiral arms of the punga tree,
Weeping waterfalls—great theater to see!

Such a great kingdom must have a great king,
Like Aragon from The Lord of the Rings.
I wanted to meet this King, shake his hand,
And tell him he ruled a wonderful land.
People there can leave their front doors unlocked,
My neighbors in New York would be so shocked.
No broken glass or filth cover the street,
Just rocks and dirt to toughen your bare feet.

Wait… I thought, I met him, I understand!
Truth, Goodness, and Patience rule New Zealand.

(Written on January 2, 2006)

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