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Poem Without An End...(Christmas Theme)

Updated on November 26, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was very sad but a wonderful addition to this piece, Shyron. It is an old hub, but thank you for finding it and taking part. Blessings.

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      John, I am sorry I missed this before and glad I just found it. I know it is too late but here is my contribution to this magnificent piece:

      The winter wind howls

      And through the huddled figure in the box sends a shiver

      No sustenance not even the thinnest sliver

      What had he done

      To deserve this fate

      Alone and lost to all he loved

      As people hurry by to reach the warmth inside

      And no one hears his pitiful cries

      It's not hatred that is breaking his heart

      It's the indifference that ignores him as he dies

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Deepali Awasare 20 months ago from Vadodara

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

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and your kind comment manatita44.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

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

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MK.

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      M K Paul 3 years ago from India

      A wonderful thought...hope to c more

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Theresa Ast 3 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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Leni Sands 3 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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mark for your great contribution.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Mark 3 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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      Leni Sands 3 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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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I love what this is becoming.

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      Ann Carr 3 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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Ann Carr 3 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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Jackie for your lovely stanza.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      drbj and sherry 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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

      Bless you.

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      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      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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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Love to them all

      Thanks Wayne

      Blessings

      Laurie

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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

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      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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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent, Jodah.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Linda Rogers 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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      Jonathan McCloskey 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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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Thank you very much Nellieanna for your imput

      Have a good day

      Laurie

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      Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

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

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      Nellieanna Hay 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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      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Your quite welcome Crisp

      Blessings

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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.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

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

      Thank you

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Cris, thank you. Will add that verse.

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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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      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      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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      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