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Winter Shadows Fall

Updated on December 9, 2015

No stilts, just a winter shadow and Merry Christmas....


Warm or shivering?

How is it that some are warm, some shivering?

Is it only bad choices, fickle luck?

The rain falls on the just and the unjust;

sunshine, shadow, and the cold do, too.

This winter, as with so many,

the "brotherhood of man" is being challenged.

Charity's opposite is made more glaring;

brotherhood and sisterhood more needed.

The winter shadows lengthen.

The warming sun is so precious.

How do we thaw men's hearts

when the season itself is so cold, so long?

With shepherds tending their flocks by night,

Christ's birth must actually have been in spring.

That we celebrate it in our winter season

is perhaps no accident of man's devising.

Perhaps we are best reminded of why He came?

Perhaps so men's cold hearts might be warmed?

Perhaps it is so God's own precious baby might stir in us

the instant love man and woman find in every newborn.

North of the Equator

winter shadows fall,

lengthened by the sun's low angle,

warming bathers far to the south.

Bundled and warmed,

we stroll the sun speckled streets

putting forth our own jet trails

as body-warmed breaths are shocked.

Gloved hands and covered ears

keep cold at bay for some.

Others seek out heat vents, doorways,

all-night diners, and overpasses.

Children frolic amidst the flakes of snow,

mindless of those others,

once children themselves, no longer parented,

save by their loving Heavenly Father's tears.

Television and films are mindless, too;

devoted to the bizarre and sensational.

Christmas, with its all too brief season,

reveals the Dickensian corner shadows

Those shadows, too, are longer in winter.

The dark hours are longer, lonelier for many.

The cheering flowers are brown stubble.

The pockets of sunshine promise only a spring to come.

At times in winter, spring seems so far away.

Illnesses, like the shadows, seem longer.

Now retired (except for jottings) there is time to think,

and ponder life's unanswered questions.



© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      KoffeeKlatch Gals - When we stop and think about our country, in my case the USA, we sometimes forget that it's made up of its people. We are like a fence. A fence ceases to be a fence when it is missing a part. It takes all of the pieces, and America is only America when it takes care of all the people. The many are enough to take care of the few.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - It is five weeks later now. Those who received gifts and help five weeks ago may still be benefiting, while those who received nothing are still in need. There is a growing group "I Can Help Two" that is dedicated, without formal websites and all the rest, to helping one person who will never be able to be fully independent, as well as another person who needs temporary help and might later on be able to help two, too. Not a bad concept, as a starting point for reaching out.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      whonunuwho - Well said, and our responsibilties don't end when the Season of Giving is over, especially not now when the northern hemisphere remains its coldest time of the year and some are homeless and suffering, and others are just suffering and in need of the helping hands and hearts of others.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      lisavanvorst - Now that the holidays are over and I am no longer a Hub factory, it is time to thank you for commenting on this one. Your comments are always appreciated.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      savvydating - Thanks for your gently falling comments.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear F. A. - And peace be unto you and your house, too. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, and to all Hubbers far and wide regardless of personal beliefs.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      Such somber reflections, Demas. I understand. I try to focus on what I can change. Peace to you.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      How true, tiz the time to ponder and think. Seasons pass us by still we are here wondering about life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Terrific piece.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You really do speak the truth, but it seems like mens' cold hearts have returned once again. It is necessary to think outside the box, rally forth to create happiness and content once again, but now, on our own ground. Then through sharing, we will make it spread.

    • whonunuwho profile image


      4 years ago from United States

      A time to think and ponder...a time to write heartfelt messages so that others may be awakened from their deep sleeps and arise to accept true responsibilities...thank you my friend. whonu

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Here in the Caribbean, welcome Christmas though it does not bring a change of season. Must be the birth of Christ that is the main feature after all. Thanks for reminding us!

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      A hub that makes you think and wonder. Time just drifts by and seasons come and go. I enjoyed this and yes Winter is coming, but I too prefer Spring, However, here in New Jersey we rarely get Spring anymore, it seems to rush into Summer. Another great hub!

    • savvydating profile image


      4 years ago

      Why indeed? Some sophisticated pondering you've got here, Demas, in this beautiful prose. I found your Xmas reflections to be quite apt and relevant. And in all, there was a softness to your queries, like the falling snowflakes of Christmas.


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