Poem Without An End...(Christmas Theme)

This hub came to be as a follow up to "A Story Without An End..." that I published recently. It received such encouraging comments, and in fact my friend Rayne123 came up with the suggestion I write a poem in a similar vein, that people can add to and interact. Just add your verses in comments.

I used Christmas as the theme as that time of year is approaching fast.

So here it is! I look forward to seeing where this goes.

The True Christmas

The Christmas tree is all aglow,

There's tinsel everywhere,

Mistletoe above the door,

And holly in your hair.


Carols are sung by young and old,

The church has Midnight Mass.

Presents all are brightly wrapped,

For every lad and lass.


Friends and family gather near,

They come from near and far.

The women bake the meat and vege,

While men drink at the bar.


It seems to be a happy time,

All cares are pushed aside.

But all is not just as it seems,

This is a sad Yuletide.


For those who live their lives alone,

Or habitat the streets,

Christmas is a lonely time,

No presents, cheer, or treats.


..........next...................


It is truly time to be Christ's hands and feet

To those whose bed is asphalt earth with concrete pillow

While others sleep on frozen ground under weeping willow

................................by Faith Reaper

Nor will they have a loved ones arms

To carefully enfold them

To make their day, to wish them well

Within this Christmas gem

...............................by PatAW

They sleep on benches, cry at night

They cuddle to and fro

They watch the children laugh and play

Making Angels in the snow

................................by Reyne123


But we can change their stricken lives,

And help them on their way

With love and warmth to guide them through

On this our Christmas Day!

..............................by Nell Rose


Then along came some special friends

To bring them much delight

They brought them to a promise land

Their hearts they will enlight

............................by Reyne123


So, spread some goodwill yah’all

Light some candles for the destitute

Pray that peace maybe brought

And sufferings diminished!

..............................by CrisSp


As we sleep in our beds with our family all around,

Sometimes we forget those who may sleep on the ground.

So give whatever you can spare and share, my dear,

At Christmas time as well as all through the year.

..............................by drbj


So gather in your baskets gifts

To share with some of those who are alone

......................by starstream


Noel, noel

Please don't forget my brothers tonight,

Let the tender hand of love

warm them in Christmas light.

..................by wayne barrett


A sharing poem brings Christmas forth

To lend its glow to tree and hearth,

To remind us each of what is meant

By "Good Will, Peace on Earth"!

.....................by Nellieanna

Source

A poem by annart

This wonderful contribution was an entire poem in itself, so I have posted it separately.

This Christmas

This Christmas is the first time

my grandchildren understand

the reason for festivities,

for decorations grand.

Their eyes show wonder and delight,

they smile and question 'When

is Christmas Day, has it arrived?

Excitement builds and then

They visit Santa, leave him food

around the fireplace grate

and wake up in the morning

to find an empty plate.

Not only that, what is there here

around the Christmas tree?

Presents for all, for Mum & Dad

for sister - and for meee!!!

But above all, they love to give,

share out the parcels bright.

They know it's lovely to receive

but giving's their delight.

You have to open everything,

quick, quick, come on grandma!

I'll help you, look that's what you've got

from me, a painted jar!

I'll cherish that for evermore,

much more than other things,

because it comes from their true hearts

and love is what it brings.

by annart

Remember then all those alone--

Be grateful for what you have.

Keep an angel close to you

By sharing Christ's full love.

by Marie Flint

Christmas On The Streets

Due to the ever increasing new contributions to this challenge, I have had to finish off the original poem 'The True Christmas" and begin a new poem. Here it is, and all new verses will be added to it.


A cold chill

A snowy night

A ragged blanket

tucked up close and tight

A cold bench

A stone floor

A cardboard box

tucked inside the shop door

Cold hands

Bare legs

Homeless person quietly begs

by leni sands

So this Christmas season begins with you so look inside your heart

The opportunity is there for you to give someone a start

At life that is full of abundant joy and hope that never ends

So reach out now and bless someone by making them your friends.

by Markdarmafall

Please write any additional verses below in "comments" and I will edit into the poem progressively. Also if anyone has a link for a charity in their area, put the url in comments and I will add it in the "Links" capsule.

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Rayne123 3 years ago

IF any one wants to add to it, or have any other ideas feel free to go for it.

I was also thinking that some one could start a poem/story and several others could add one verse each..

anyway so far this is what I came up with. Sometimes it just comes to me other times I have a block so I have to sit and think. So change what you want, edit/delete , its just a thought.

They sleep on benches, cry at night

They cuddle to and fro

They watch the children laugh and play

Making Angels in the snow

Then along came some special friends

To bring them much delight

They brought them to a promise land

Their hearts they will enlight

The joy on their faces

The love around the world

Christmas is now happy

Once again free as a bird.

I don't know I can't seem to think today, however right now its what I came up with. You do not have to use any of it.

Great poem by the way , beautiful thought and full of love

Blessings

Laurie


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Great idea ... looking fowfard to seeing where it leads. Sharing this so maybe the poets out there can chime in.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great work Laurie, I wasn't expecting you to come up with anything so quickly, but you did well. I thought maybe I wrote too much of the poem to start with not leaving a lot of scope for others to add. We'll see if anyone else wants to join in. I.ve decided to insert your contribution up until the last verse to allow others to add more, If not I'll use yours in its entirety to finish it off Thanks.

Thank you also Flourish for your comments and sharing.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great work Laurie, I wasn't expecting you to come up with anything so quickly, but you did well. I thought maybe I wrote too much of the poem to start with not leaving a lot of scope for others to add. We'll see if anyone else wants to join in. I.ve decided to insert your contribution up until the last verse to allow others to add more, If not I'll use yours in its entirety to finish it off Thanks.

Thank you also Flourish for your comments and sharing.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I am just following on! lol!

But we can change their stricken lives,

And help them on their way

With love and warmth to guide them through

On this our Christmas Day!

Great poem by the way, nell


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I had to have a rethink of how I was doing this Laure as I've got more than one contributor. I used your first verse as well as Nell's, see what happens from here. I may have to keep editing, but this is an experiment, so see what happens.

thanks Nell by the way, great verse.


Rayne123 3 years ago

No that is the way it has to go, have every person that wants to add to it, to do so, its like a chain reaction. I love that.

Edit, delete use what you want and turn it into a great poem

Nell had a good verse,very nice Nell

I know what you mean Jodah, not sure if you made the poem too long to begin with for this type of exercise.

However do not over think it, it will fall in place with whatever is supposed to be there.

Good luck

Laurie


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Fantastic idea! Why didn't I think of this before, eh? Here's my entry:

"So, spread some goodwill yah’all

Light some candles for the destitute

Pray that peace maybe brought

And sufferings diminished!"

CrisSp~


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Cris, thank you. Will add that verse.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Like that verse crisp very nice also.

Oh just noticed you finished the poem..........awesome, I knew you would make it work. Thank you

What a great idea. Peace to the world, things are better now

Blessings

Laurie


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes it all worked out great. I'm more than happy with everyone's contributions and the way the poem finished up...well done

Definitely, peace to the world. Thanks Laurie. Bless you too for all your encouragement.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh and Laurie, you'll notice I added another of your verses.


Rayne123 3 years ago

what made you decide to add another verse and that one.

Thank you


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

That's awesome Jodah! I am well pleased it fits. May I share this piece on FB page?

And, thank you Rayne.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Your quite welcome Crisp

Blessings


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Reyne, I needed to add a little more of the Christian aspect and I liked that verse, just had to fit it in. (Note the final image I added at the end also).

Yes Cris, please feel free to share it anywhere you wish. After all you contributed.


Rayne123 3 years ago

No which is strange, I am very observant I just noticed the huge picture now lol.

Well as I wrote in one of my quotes.....we are meant to see things when we are suppose to see them at the given moment......something like that. I can't remember that quote now word for word but you get the picture.

thanks again.........I love the picture and yes it goes great with the poem.......so people will get that the "special friends" are Angels.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Delightful project, John! I love it! Rayne's, Nell's, and CrisSp's addition really work so well! Here's my humble effort:

A sharing poem brings Chirtmas forth

To lend its glow to tree and hearth,

To remind us each of what is meant

By "Good Will, Peace on Earth"!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


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starstream 3 years ago from Northern California

So gather in your baskets gifts to share with some of those who are alone.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Thank you very much Nellieanna for your imput

Have a good day

Laurie


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jonmcclusk 3 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

I have no verse of my own to add, but I wanted to comment on this article and compliment it on its creativeness. Such a strong community driven idea that I wish more writers, and writing sites, would consider trying.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

This is such a beautiful creative idea. I like that it brings the artistic hub community together. Hit all buttons but funny and voted up.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you, thank you Nellieanna and starstream for your contributions. I have added them to the poem.

Also jonmclusk and Minnetonka Twin for your kind comments. I think I can say this little experiment was successful. I look forward to starting more of these poems and hope other hubbers do the same. I feel it certainly does its little bit to bringing the community together.


Rayne123 3 years ago

I love the way you added more verses in Jodah, its awesome

Now you may have to write more poems, as you see it is quite popular.

Thanks everyone

Blessings

Laurie


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Laurie, I thought it only fair to add something from everyone who made the effort to contribute, and I think the end result is quite good. Will have to think about doing this again, yes.

Blessings bak.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Excellent, Jodah.


PatAW 3 years ago

Nor will they have a loved ones arms

To carefully enfold them

To make their day, to wish them well

Within this Christmas gem


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

What a beautiful gesture and all beautifully written.

Noel, noel

Please don't forget my brothers tonight,

Let the tender hand of love

warm them in Christmas light


Rayne123 3 years ago

Love to them all

Thanks Wayne

Blessings

Laurie


Rayne123 3 years ago

The poem is awesome, wow I love it. You did a good job at putting it together Jodah.

It brings the genuine loving people that care and keeps going. Pay it forward effect. I love it. Great work

Blessings

Laurie


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Wayne for your comment and contribution.

Thanks everyone, you have all made this poem a great success. I don't know if I can incorporate many more verses into it though.

Please feel free to copy and share and spread the love this Christmas.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Thank you Jodah for a great poem and to everyone who contributed and commented.

Many blessings

Laurie


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Laurie for your help and support with this project.

Bless you.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

As we sleep in our beds with our family all around,

Sometimes we forget those who may sleep on the ground.

So give whatever you can spare and share, my dear,

At Christmas time as well as all through the year.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks drbj,

I have managed to add your wonderful verse in, but it's getting difficult to place any more so I may have to call an end to this project unfortunately.

Once again like to thanks everyone who contributed. It was a great success, and I'll have to think of starting another one....unless someone else would like to...hint hint......


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

This is beautiful and creative. I do have a heart for serving the homeless and I see you are all full up here, but I will go ahead and add, and do not expect it to be added, as it is full, as you have stated. I will leave off where you end ...

"No presents, cheer, or treats."

It is truly time to be Christ's hands and feet

To those whose bed is asphalt earth with concrete pillow

While others sleep on frozen ground under weeping willow.

Voted Up and more and sharing

Hugs, Faith Reaper


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Faith,

That is a beautiful stanza. I would have liked to include it. This was a very popular project as you can see. I should start another. Yes the homeless are very important to me, and I have worked for and been secretary and treasurer of a charity. Thanks for voting up and sharing.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Faith, even though you said not to, I added your wonderful contribution. It fit well.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

For those of us who have no want

Obey our sweet savior to share

As to what we have been given

Show thanks what we give in care


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jackie for your lovely stanza.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

What a great way to bring people together and to create something meaningful! So lovely! I'll have a go:-)

This Christmas is the first time

my grandchildren understand

the reason for festivities,

for decorations grand.

Their eyes show wonder and delight,

they smile and question 'When

is Christmas Day, has it arrived?

Excitement builds and then

They visit Santa, leave him food

around the fireplace grate

and wake up in the morning

to find an empty plate.

Not only that, what is there here

around the Christmas tree?

Presents for all, for Mum & Dad

for sister - and for meee!!!

But above all, they love to give,

share out the parcels bright.

They know it's lovely to receive

but giving's their delight.

You have to open everything,

quick, quick, come on grandma!

I'll help you, look that's what you've got

from me, a painted jar!

I'll cherish that for evermore,

much more than other things,

because it comes from their true hearts

and love is what it brings.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Ann, That is a wonderful and joyful Christmas poem. Thank you very much for sharing here, and your kind comments.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

You are so welcome! Hope you have a joyful Christmas time over in that wonderful country. I've experienced one Christmas on the beach, in New Zealand near Christchurch - weird but great! All the best to you and yours. Ann


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I love what this is becoming.


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leni sands 2 years ago from UK

Fantastic idea! Love the poem. Voted up Awesome!

Will try to come back with a verse (everything so far seems to have been said).

It's a pity you cannot link it to some sort of fundraising activity for the homeless, after all, a poem is great for opening peoples eyes and ears to what the homeless need (food, warmth and accommodation among some needs) especially at this time of year. In the UK 'Shelter' http://www.shelter.org.uk are such a charity, Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk or St. Mungo's http://www.mungos.org I am not sure what the equivalent is in other parts of the world although http://www.homeless-international.org are probably pretty much everywhere.

This poem is absolutely awesome and if everyone donated a little something to a homeless charity in their part of the world wouldn't it make a difference?

Merry Christmas, Everyone!


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markdarmafall 2 years ago from Moundsville,WV

So this Christmas season begins with you so look inside your heart

The opportunity is there for you to give someone a start

At life that is full of abundant joy and hope that never ends

So reach out now and bless someone by making them your friends


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Flourish, It really worked at bringing people together.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind comment Leni, I look forward to any verses you can add. I could have made two or three poems from peoples contributions. I also added a links capsule with some of the charities you mentioned. Thanks for the vote up too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Mark for your great contribution.


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leni sands 2 years ago from UK

Thank you for putting the link, hopefully people will deem to click and donate once they have had their eyes opened by the poem....here's my little effort:

A cold chill

A snowy night

A ragged blanket

tucked up close and tight

A cold bench

A stone floor

A cardboard box

tucked inside the shop door

Cold hands

Bare legs

Homeless person quietly begs

I will be following this poetry hub to see where it leads...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Leni for your wonderful verse. I echo your sentiments in the hope that others click the links and donate to the homeless this Christmas.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a wonderful idea and an amazing group of Hubbers responded. :)

Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year! Theresa


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much Theresa, yes it has been a satisfying experience with great input. Blessed Christmas to you.


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M K Paul 2 years ago from India

A wonderful thought...hope to c more


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MK.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

All very nice indeed! Light-hearted but thought-provoking in some areas. Sweet simplicity.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment manatita44.


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deepaliawasare 11 months ago from Vadodara

Read your Christmas poem today ..... beautiful contributions by everyone ...... loved it .... its Christmas time again .....


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading that community Christmas poem Deepali. Yes it was something special bringing everyone together. Bless you.

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