Sugar Plum Fairies

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Tissue paper wings

Tinsel trimmed halo

(slightly askew)

Tiny white shoes.



Hall filled

Chairs rustle

Backstage hush

Curtain call.


Piano solo

Spotlight on a manger

Silent

night

singing:


Fa la la

Fa la la

Fa lah lah


Shiny children

recite their lines

and bow

to applause.


Gifts shared

and candy

Smiles


Rush home

to make

Snow angels

in the yard.


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Comments 69 comments

Beth37 3 years ago

That is so cute. What year is this?


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Louisa Rogers 3 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

I love this! And the photos, too. Charming without being over-sweet. Voted awesome.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Only one word needed here :-Brilliant.

Have a great day.

Eddy.


Beth37 3 years ago

I didn't even see the poem when I first commented! The only thing I saw was the b&w photo. The poem is lovely.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Beth, Thank you very much! The year of the Sugar Plum Fairy girls is 1956. Photo was taken at Queens Park Arena in New Westminster BC (Canada) at our winter ice scating carnival. I'm not in this shot and I don't know if I ever knew the names of the girls, but it is cute, I love it. They look so precious. :)


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Louisa, Thank you!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Eddy, Thank you so much...Tis the season, hope all is well with you.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Beth, Thanks for coming back to read. I did this late last night, could have spent more time with the layout, glad you found the poem.


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Cardia 3 years ago from Barbados.

Absolutely enjoyed this! :) Voted up and awesome.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Those sweet sugar plum fairies are awesome, sl, and so is your poetry. Thank you for this holiday treat.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Cardia, Thank you. Glad you enjoyed. :)


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

drbj, Thank you, so sweet of you to say so. I was thinking 'Christnas card' when I made this hub. May your days be merry and bright...


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

So charmingly and visually written...I felt like I was part of it all.

Your poetry is some of the finest in HubVille. Voted UP and ABI.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Mar, Nice to see you...I dearly loved the Christmas concerts as a child. When I was writing this poem it just came rushing back to me in a wave. I felt like I was there again too. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I was so sure that you were one of the girls, then i read that you were not in the picture, anywho, i loved it. Your poetry is always so light and fluffy. Thank you for sharing..


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Ruby, No, I never got to be a sugar plum fairy. I distinctly remember being an angel though lol. Light and fluffy is exactly what I was going for, thank you!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Simply delightful. Thank you. Of course this includes the picture.


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is so nice. What a treat.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Mhatter, Thank you so much. I love the picture, using as a screensaver. :)


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

mckbbks, Thank you, I replied earlier and forgot to post!


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Merry Christmas!!!! I love the poem and picture. I hope all is well. Jamie


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Jamie, Merry Christmas to you too!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

An adorable photo and loved your poem to accompany it.

Have a lovely Christmas


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Rosemay, Thank you...Love and light to you and yours at Christmas my friend.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Just adorable, snakes!! It's an eye-treat and a precious poem. I love this entire page! What a lovely, ethereal, happy Christmas message!

Voting it up and all the pretty things.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Nellieanna, Thank you, seems even more poignant now to revisit times of blessed innocence in light of this weeks devastating events. I wrote it just hours before, don't think I could do it now, so shocked and 'altered' by the violence. On the run to the post office for one last minute mailing, good to see you!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

It's vital to alter violence with lovingkindness, dear. So you wrote this just in time to be a sweet antidote for that violence. When else is it more needed? If people are paralyzed and fail to emphasize goodness, then evilness has a clearer path to poison people's minds, hearts and souls. It's the real war, probably.

Your page lifted my spirits and reemphasized what matters. So thank you especially.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for coming back Nellieanna. What you are saying is true. I felt really happy putting this page together, felt personally connected with every part of it. I'm really happy that you enjoyed it. You are welcome!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Hugs!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Dear Snakeslane,

2011, 2012...and of course 2013! Thanks for being with me.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.


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anglnwu 3 years ago

I should have read this when my daughter was performing in the Nutcracker. Enjoyed your poem--so beautiful, sounds like a angel wrote it.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi anglnwu! So sweet that your daughter danced in The Nutcracker...Thank you for the visit, and a happy new year to you and your family! PS: I think I was an angel once upon a time ago...


GoldenThreadPress 3 years ago

Gee, this brought back some fond memories, plus the photos...I recognize the ornaments and record. I'm dating myself. Too bad, though, those were great times. Voted Up and thanks for the memories! Best Regards--Deb


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What an absolutely beautiful picture of little Snakeslane and chums in their angel costumes. I loved the imagery and feeling of your poem and the pics were so adorable. The expression on the face of the girl to your left is like a Norman Rockwell portrait. The whole thing is really. Stunning!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Deb, so glad you remember!


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Morning Peg, there is no little s lane in the pic, (she's been cropped out, she was a 'bunny' in this receital) but yes, these girls are awesome. Thank you so much!


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epigramman 3 years ago

....yes those pure golden beautiful memories - we all have them - I was a skater in a local Ice Capades review for kids - and I have followed the ballet all of my life - lovely writer you are my dear fellow Canadian and esteemed hub colleague - listening to a Kinks tribute album right now really loud by the quiet of the lake at 12:54am with wet snow flurries outside - thank you so much for the lovely Paul Simon video - I am a big fan of his songwriting and solo career and I am so sorry about your scare - nature always get the last word doesen't she - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie ontario - love the names of your four cats - my two are sleeping their pussycat dreams right now


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epigramman 3 years ago

...currently listening to Mr.Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars album - perfect for 2 in the morning.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Me too, love the early Bowie.


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epigramman 3 years ago

....I love the Aladdin Sane album and the Hunky Dory album - I've seen him three times and once as a back-up piano player for an Iggy Pop tour - I adored his Serious moonlight tour - what are your memories and recollections of him as an artist, songewriter, singer?

Do you like Kate Bush/Joni Mitchell?


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Sorry Epi, I did reply to your earlier comment, but obviously forgot to 'post'. Thank you, (I had meant to say) and they made us work for our 'accolades' we were so busy, but looking back, yes, it was 'golden'. Time seemed to stretch out forever.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

So funny, Hub Pages...I didn't even like Bowie until lately and haven't followed him at all. Joni Mitchell, yes, idolized her. Kate Bush, not so much, although she is great. Leonard Cohen is my hero.


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epigramman 3 years ago

yes , Leonard Cohen is my hero too - love his voice and his 'voice' of musical poetry. He seems like fine wine - getting better with time.

Favorite songs off the top of my head:

1. Sisters of Mercy

2. Everybody knows

3. The Guests

4. Hallelujah

5. Came so far for beauty

6. A thousand kisses deep

7. If it be your will

8. Gypsy wife

9. Take this waltz

10. Dance me to the end of love (about a Jewish concentration camp)

lake erie time 2:42am me know my Lenny


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Good list...You certainly do know your Lenny.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Yes it is true, lol, me know my Lenny.

So please then, indulge yourself, and give me your list.


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epigramman 3 years ago

that's a very nice list, Miss Snakeslane, and all of my favorities too.

Love the world weary cynicism of Everybody knows and it's all so true - isn't it - another song which reminds me of this one is - Gotta Serve Somebody by Bob Dylan, one of the all time great songs by Mr. Zimmerman . 3:17am LE time


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epigramman 3 years ago

...lol lol .... Ain't no cure for hubpages either - lol lol - yes I forgot that one too - great minds really do think alike .


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epigramman 3 years ago

one more before I hit the hay : a worthy successor to Lenny:

Nick Cave and the Bad seeds - check him out on you tube , if not already familiar


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Epi, I did listen to Nick Cave and the bad seeds, interesting artist for sure, I \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\+(cat walked on keyboard lol) I listened to a few of his interviews.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Hi my Snakeslane of Sensational, did your cat literally jump on your keyboard? Guffaw Guffaw - welcome to the Domestic Terrorist Kitty Keyboard Klub - my deaf cat Gabriel would love to take my whole keyboard and throw it out the fookin' window (that means the laptop would have to go with it)

How are you this evening? It's lake erie time ontario canada 10:26pm and I am sending you warm wishes and good energy and big hugs from the forementioned Mister Gabriel and my mum's old cat who is 18 now, Little Miss Tiffy - how are your four pals?

Thanks for giving Nick a listen - have you ever seen the entire Leonard Cohen set from the Isle of Wright festival in 1970? I have that on dvd - and another interesting dvd where a documentary crew follow Leonard around on one of his early tours in the 70's ...... it's very compelling and intimate


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Epi, yes the cats make the laptop part of their 'route' from the couch to the chair, They have lots of little annoying ways to get my full attention. They have found which antics I respond to fastest. Clawing the mini blinds gets instant response, eating paper (my poems or lottery ticket) gets pretty fast response. Walking on keyboard is instant gratification. We started something new a few weeks ago, NOT going out at night after a cougar scare, so we are all bouncing off the walls (between naps). I just mumble away at them and they pretend to listen and one of them (Lickey) actually talks back in full conversational catlatin. but mostly they eat and sleep.


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epigramman 3 years ago

and you have four of them to contend with. Yikes. I only have one domestic terrorist in Mister Gabriel. Little Miss Tiffy, though she is a diva, is pretty good with her table manners and household etiquette.

The bittersweet irony is Mister Gabriel, although totally deaf, just loves to knock over anything that is not nailed down (literally) and in my eccentric habit - crazyglued down.

This is a true story - I buy so much crazy clue down at the local hardware store (and yes all of the ladies there snicker at me) that they have added another assembly line at the Crazy Glue factory.

Yes my cat has created jobs


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

That is funny Epi, Mr Gabriel sounds like quite a character. It's interesting how each cat has their own game plan. I know you cannot herd cats, but boy the sound of a can opening sure brings them running. Other than that they spend most of their waking hours having me attend to their needs. My most important job, (other than feeding them) is doorperson. They never get tired of running in and out, it's a fun game I guess. Personality wise Lickey is the top (boss) cat, he is not cuddly (actually very frail) but extremely vocal and enjoys grooming the other cats, and always has to be perched higher than everyone else in the room. Kato (his brother) is layed back, but will not take no for an answer when he wants 'out'. Spirit cat was the 'baby' and still acts that way, but is a bit over weight. He never speaks. But he will bite any cat that gets too close to his personal space. Grey Boy was a feral cat that adopted us. He has the temperament of a 'rag doll' breed, totally cuddly which is strange for a wild cat. Since living here he hardly steps outside, is first to line up for supper, and when he does go outside he comes running in to use the indoor plumbing (he loves that!) he behaves like a very polite house guest, and seems to know his place. My Zen friends tell me that cats have a Buddha nature, and I think I agree with that.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Wow my sensational Snakeslane - what an awesome story to come home to after my shift at 3:02am to my own two little furried characters Tiffy - Little Miss, and Gabriel, Mister and yes I can tell they're happy to see me home at this wee hour in the morning - I hope all is well with you and I am listening to the Lost in Translation soundtrack from the film - perfect music at this time with a beer and perhaps a little snack - good drive home - it takes a hour - clear roads but high winds here by the lake - two big hugs to you and your 4 from my 2 and myself -


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Epi, that is a tough commute in winter, take good care..


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epigramman 3 years ago

Thanks for caring - yes it's a two hour commute round trip and I am no Indiana Jones but I have driven in all kinds of weather - blizzards, dense fog, high wnds and freezing rain which is the worse but that is quite an amazing story about you driving all that way to see Lenny - if I am proud of you for doing that - then so would Lenny be , too!

Just came in from my walk with the Gabe man on his leash - well actually he walks me - and loves it too.

Sending you warm wishes from the cold wind chill of lake erie ontario at 4:05pm time - now for a nice cuppa tea


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I love listening to children singing in a choir, and this is what I've heard while reading this poem of yours, snakeslane :) Voted up and lovely :)


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Epi, been a little distracted the past few days, just getting back to my comments, always nice to see you. That drive in a blizzard to see Leonard Cohen felt a bit like a pilgrimage. Nice that you have Gabriel leash trained, awesome.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Martie!


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Greensleeves Hubs 3 years ago from Essex, UK

Charming - both the poem and the photo from 1956 (the year I was born). And a carol too! Well done snakeslane. Voted up. I came across this too late to say 'Merry Christmas', but best wishes for a 'Happy New Year'. Alun.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Alun, I'm so glad you found my Christmas card, it was fun to make. Happy New Year to you!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

No little S'Lane? Awww. Here I thought it twas you all this time. Anyhow it was truly an adorable picture even if you are cropped out. Too bad. I bet you were the cutest.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Peg, the uncropped photo is posted in this forum thread:

http://hubpages.com//forum/topic/107096

I am the littlest 'bunny' the bigger bunny is my sister lol.


Vickiw 3 years ago

They are truly adorable. Lovely poem


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Vicki, Thank you! Appreciate you stopping by.


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Hui (蕙) 2 years ago

...piano, singing, smile, snow angels... what a great night! Wish everybody have and cherish such a moment. :)


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Hui, good to see you, thanks for the awesome comment.


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anglnwu 23 months ago

You've created some lovely images with your clever choice of words. I love this time of the year and nothing is more beautiful than seeing children perform the magical birth of the Savior. A very big thumbs up.


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snakeslane 11 months ago from Canada Author

Thank you anglnwu, I wonder why I didn't reply 12 months ago? 'Tis the season once again!

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