Christmas Poem: Been Away For Long

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ”

— Mary Ellen Chase

Tis' the season of reunions

The season of joy and goodwill is also the season of wanting to come home, however long one has been away.

Reunions happen, relationships maybe rekindled.

This song is inspired by all those lost souls who have been away for long.

And the ones who want to return.

Back home. Back to the warmth of being wanted.

Back for Christmas.

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ”

— Roy L. Smith

Let this Christmas melody play as you read the poem

Been Away For Long

Chill wind it blows

As the world it slows

People hurry past

From its icy blast

Smoke curls to sky

From the chimneys high

My hope slips and glides

Down the frozen slides

Across the street

From the bus stop seat

I watch and wait

Staring at the gate

Snowy branches wave

As the tree stands brave

In the distant yard

And it hits me hard

Lost in mists of night

I’ve been away for long

I’m coming back to light

Where my heart belongs

Will I cross the road

Will I dare this time

Walk up to your door

Press the Christmas chime

Overhead dusk falls

Lonely bird it calls

Shadows stretch and spread

As I fill with dread

Do you think of me

Is there still a we

Have I crossed the line

Have I lost the shine

Is there still a flame

Amongst all the blame

Do you watch sometimes

Forgive me my crimes

I can never stray

Darling far away

As my life line

Is your love line

Lost in mists of night

I’ve been away for long

I’m coming back to light

Where my heart belongs

Will I cross the road

Will I dare this time

Walk up to your door

Press the Christmas chime

Christmas songs they play

All through every day

And the windows gleam

Silver golden dreams

Thousand lights they shine

As the cold hearts pine

For warmth of love

From the one above

Children laugh and flee

From the Christmas tree

Clutching gifts of joy

Every girl and boy

Tis’ the season of cheer

To be loved and near

Tis’ the season to be

Tis’ the season to see

Lost in mists of night

I’ve been away for long

I’m coming back to light

Where my heart belongs

Will I cross the road

Will I dare this time

Walk up to your door

Press the Christmas chime....

Will I cross the road

Will I dare this time

Walk up to your door

Press the Christmas chime....


"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."

— Oren Arnold

© 2012 Mohan Kumar

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Sonny 4 years ago

Great! Oh Christmas, it brings my childhood memries back to life! Tis a season of reunions indeed but not for me this year. Have to simply let it pass but in my heart there will be a celebration :)

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Christmas is a time of remembrances and regrets, also. What may have been haunts us all sometimes. Christmas . a time a great joy and family gatherings, brings steaming back to us those unfinished tasks and possible uplifts that we each so urn for. Thanks for your emotional tribute, my friend. whonu

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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Lovely! The music, the poem ,the quotes and the pictures! The whole package delivers! up+ Thank you for this beautiful poem!

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Docmo-this is a beautiful holiday poem. I love the photos and the way the bench inspired you to write this poem. Lovely-rated up/B

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

You've painted another wonderful picture...your video, music, words, photographs, sentiment...

Brilliant, my friend!

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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia

I really enjoyed this Christmas poem/song , such great imagery I could see the children's faces as they clutched their gifts. Wonderful in every way

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very nice Doc! I know this is a tough season for many, but I absolutely love it. You captured it all beautifully my friend.

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Doc, this is beautiful. You just rang my Christmas chime with this poem! I appreciate the time you take for we hubbers and the world as a whole. Thank you for this Merry Christmas!

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Docmo, this is beautifully poignant. The first step back is always the hardest but when we find the courage to take it, we are often surprised at how easy it really was. Wishing you and yours a very special holiday season.

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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is beautiful - poem and video. I can feel the words tug at my heartstrings. Joy, sorrow, hope, uncertainty... hoping that this ends hapily.... ynou for another wonderful piece of work.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Docmo, this was so Christmassy and beautiful, loved the video too, buble's is great isn't he? and your poem was gorgeous, hope you have a great Christmas, nell

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mohan,

You have captured the longing and uncertainty that a holiday can bring despite all the beauty and joy around us.

You have selected the perfect song for a backdrop and your video is beautiful. Voted UP and ABI.

Thinking of you and wishing you all good things this season.

Hugs, Maria

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Docmo, missed you tons and so happy to read this. It is absolutely beautiful and you made this time of year a bit brighter with your song and poem. Thanks so much for sharing with us! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

My favorite time of year and you have captured the beauty with your words. Thanks.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Sonny- I'm sure you will be wherever you want to be in your heart and mind. Merry Christmas!

whonunuwho: appreciate your visit and wonderful comment. thanks!

btrbell: thank you very much for your kind words. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Denise: its lovely to see you- thank you very much!

Daisy: thank you my friend, for your visit and support, as always.

nighthag- appreciate your visit and thanks for liking this poem.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Sir Bill: you are kind gent and a wonderful soul- thank you very much.

Shana: Thank you so much for your visit and readership. Much appreciated. Wishing you the seasonal cheer.

lrc7815: thank you very much for your comment.Wishing you the very best this coming Christmas.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Dana: thank you for your sweet sentiments and kind comments. appreciate your visit.

Nell:Thank you for your wishes and comments. Wish you the very best too- even thought it is over 3 weeks away.

Maria: thank you very much- much love and wish you the very best too. I'm onto the lollipop hub now- promise!

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Janine: how sweet. thank you for your kind words and for missing my brief absence. Glad you enjoyed this seasonal ditty.

Dianna: you are very kind. Thank you!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this holiday tale/poem.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Enjoyed this much and the video. Such a delightful Christmas poem. Passing this on. Merry Christmas.

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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

A wonderful poem Docmo - brings out the true meaning of Christmas :) thanks for sharing these lovely words and song with us! Voted and shared

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Docmo....Too lovely and moving for words... This Christmas tune is one that never fails to make me cry. I ache with longing to see my loved ones who have passed.....just once more, if only for one Holiday moment and hug..............

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

So very beautiful Docmo. The video, the pictures, the words. I was hoping to hear the Christmas chime ring.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Will he cross the road, will he walk up to the door and press the chime? So much is evoked ... the loves we have, the loves we've lost, all brought back to us during the holidays...a time to remember so much and so many. The quotes and photos are more than fitting they feel like part of your wonderful poem. Beautiful Mohan!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful. And shared.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Doc, I'm loving the video, song and of course your poem. Festive and fabulous!

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

The video, Docmo, is exquisite as is the love poetry, the well-chosen photos, and Michael's sweet rendition of his ballad. I accept it all as a beautiful Christmas card from you to treasure. Thank you.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Awesome Doc.

Festival time is the time to forget all our differences/egos and unite under the same roof. Loved your beautiful and meaningful poem.

'Tis the time to be cheerful and be filled with gratitude.

voted up as B/U/I and sharing it across

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Bumpsysmum 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

I was so struck by the video, my Dad has a Farquarson print over his fireplace, I love the whole thing. The poem too, you captured the very spirit of the Meaning of Christmas, well done and thank you for giving me a lovely look deep into the eyes of the season.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Mhatter99: as always pleased that this resonates...

Gypsy: thank you so much.

Mike: much appreciated. thanks for sharing this.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Paula: tis always a season that touches deep. thank you for your lovely comment. appreciate it.

Ruby: thank you so much - glad you could drop by and read this.

Mary: I can always rely on you to 'get' the story, the imagery and the meaning I intend to convey. Thank you! you are a writer's dream reader.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Linda: Thank you very much. Glad you like this.

drbj: appreciate your visit. Michael's mellifluous voice will make up for my poetic shortcomings!

Ruchira: Thank you Ruchira- glad you like the meaning behind this.

Bumpsysmum: amazing to hear you recognised the Farquharson print. Must have brought some sweet nostalgia.. and hopefully the poem did too.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful, heart-touching song and awesome video. One should always be where their heart is.

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A beautiful poem! You composed this lovely poem in a lyrical manner. The visually-stunning video, heartwarming Christmas quotes and the final pretty image are all summed up in what I call a wonderful hub. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Christmas indeed is a time of reunions. A heart rending poem, Doc! Am sharing!!

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zalainacarp 4 years ago from New York

A gorgeous, flattering poem to read and be delighted by the thoughts of memories. I thought of many people I will miss during this loving time of year. That yearned for moment, just an additional second to see them walk through the treshold or come driving up the driveway. Such a nice place you shared with us to go. Thank you.

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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

I remember many times I have waited on the final bus, or plane to carry me home for the holidays. The anticipation always brought my memories to Christmas past. I love Christmas and this is a womderful Christmas treat. Jamie

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D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

So beautiful, Mohan...I've been "away" from Christmas too long, so I love the feelings and message you've written here. Wonderful choice of music too. Voted Up, Beautiful, Awesome, Interesting....I hope your holiday is Everything you Heart could ever wish for! hugs, mohan Sharing this treasure, Dotti

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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

There is calm gentleness to this lovely hub that brings the spirit of Christmas so much closer. I can see the quiet lights, and feel the warmth of the season as we dream of snowdrifts and crunchy white tingles, and treasured moments with loved ones as I wait for them to pull into our driveway. :-) Beautifully, done. Doc. Up plus much more.

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Fossillady 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh, I feel so romanced by your lovely poem and this beautiful music! You

still got it! Kathi :O)

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful video and words. Awesome poem. Voted up.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh my now I wish it was Christmas again.. so lovely..

just beautiful


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

I've returned to view your video and read your beautiful poem another time. It's mid-December, and I know you're teaching a medical course in Thailand now. I hope you'll return to the UK in time to celebrate Christmas with your family.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful Christmas poem/song Docmo. Well done, voted up.

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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

I've returned a year later to read your poem another time, share it in a Facebook group, tweet it, and post the link on Google+.

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Lovely Christmas poem and song! Just right for setting up the mood for celebrations.

Thanks and voted up!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I have been out of touch with you for a long time (don't ask me why), so I really enjoyed reading this lovely poem and the chance to say hello again!

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Docmo 3 months ago from UK Author

Thank you all again, As another Christmas nears I am reminded of all the good will and good wishes out here in hubland.

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