ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Poems From the Porch 15 ~ Christmas 2019

Updated on November 5, 2020
Jodah profile image

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

Christmas on the Porch
Christmas on the Porch | Source

Christmas is Here

Welcome to the porch. It is Christmas Eve here in Australia and I am happy that I have managed to get this published just in time because all the poems have a Christmas theme. I have been so busy that I had almost given up finishing this collection before the New Year. But, I did it!

I hope you enjoy this Christmas edition of Poems From the Porch.

Source

Rosina S Khan


"I loved your poems from porch 13. I would like to make a new request for the New Year. The title would be: "How to find the silver lining behind every cloud".

Thank you for the request, Rosina. I hope you can use this to inspire you in the coming New Year.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— -Rabindranath Tagore

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining

That's how the saying goes,

So don't waste your whole life whining,

Bend down and smell each rose.


When things in life don't go your way

Just shrug and say "So what?"

This isn't just a one-act play,

Each scene's a brand new shot.


There's no such thing as "can't be done,"

Just give it your best try.

Leap each hurdle on the run,

Have the motto "Do or die!"

Storm Clouds, Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay
Storm Clouds, Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay | Source

Storms sometimes make us cower in fear,

Lightning strikes and thunder roars

But those dark clouds will always clear,

And soon a rainbow forms.


Try to find that rainbow's end,

Search for the pot of gold,

For even if it is a myth

At least you had a goal.


So, don't give up, be bold and true,

Though impossible it seems.

See all the hard times you've been through

As pathways to your dreams.

Clouds and aircraft
Clouds and aircraft | Source

Lora Hollings

"I would like to make a suggestion for a poem about visiting a nursing home during the winter season. I'm sure many of these residents don't get many visitors due to the inclement weather and they probably have to spend most of their time confined indoors. Maybe a poem about lifting the spirits of those who may feel quite lonely during this time."


Yes, winter/Christmas must be a very lonely time for some Nursing Home residents, Lora. Especially if they have no family or who just don't bother visiting. It is my pleasure to write a poem about the subject.

We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

— George Bernard Shaw

The Christmas Visit

It was winter in the nursing home,

Snow fell throughout the night.

The residents were safe and warm,

But that didn't ease their plight.


Some roads were cut by snow and ice

So visitors were few,

But it happened every winter

So this was nothing new.


It was lonely at the best of times

But winter was the worst.

People didn't venture out,

They put their comfort first.


So, I decided I would visit

And brave the winter bleak and cold

To try and bring some comfort

To these poor lonely souls.


I'm no saviour or a hero,

I'm just your average joe,

But loneliness is crippling.

That's something that I know.


I bought small gifts to hand around

And spread some Christmas cheer,

For everyone should celebrate

This special time of year.


Well, they greeted me with open arms,

And they shared the gifts I bought.

While the old folks told me stories

And the lessons life had taught.


We played games and sang carols

And discussed the Christ child's birth.

For the nursing home's dear residents

This was a time of fun and mirth.


They asked me to come back again

When I could spare the time.

I hugged them all and said I would.

And I did time after time.


Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels
Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels | Source

Bill Holland

"New topic.....mistletoe!"


Believe it or not, Bill, I had a little trouble with this one. I thought it would be a piece of cake because "mistletoe" is mentioned in lots of songs and especially at Christmas. Anyway, I decided to write a limerick about it, just for something a little different.

It's supposed to be jolly, with mistletoe and holly... and other things ending in olly.

— Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Mistletoe Limerick

A pretty young girl and her beau

Stood under the mistletoe.

Someone said if they kissed

They would have wedded bliss.

Where he went, she will never know.

Mistletoe berries
Mistletoe berries | Source

Fun Facts About Mistletoe

  • Mistletoe or in old English mistiltan: derived from the Anglo-Saxon words mistel, meaning "dung," and tan, meaning "twig." So, it literally means "poop-on-a-stick." The sticky seeds are spread by bird droppings deposited on the branches or limbs of trees.
  • Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on a range of trees including willow, apple, pine, and oak trees., and even, surprisingly, cacti.
  • The tradition of hanging mistletoe in the house started the ancient Druids. It is supposed to possess mystical powers which bring good luck and wards off evil spirits. It was also used as a sign of love and friendship in Norse mythology and that's where the custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from.
  • When the first Christians came to Western Europe, some tried to ban the use of Mistletoe as a decoration in Churches, but many still continued to use it! York Minster Church in England used to hold a special Mistletoe Service in the winter, where wrongdoers in the city of York could come and be pardoned.
  • Although all parts of the mistletoe are poisonous to humans they provide a popular food for certain species of birds and are a particular favourite of butterflies.

Christmas Nativity
Christmas Nativity | Source

Seasons Greetings

I'd like to thank everyone who has followed this series throughout the year, as well as a special thank you to everyone who gave me ideas and requested poems. Without you, this series would never have gotten off the ground.

I hope to see you all back on the porch when the series commences again in the New Year, but for now, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, and wishing you all a wonderful New Year.

© 2019 John Hansen

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)