David Keig

Rookie - 13 Points (1951 / UK)

A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! - Poem by David Keig

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With dark green needled memories
Of childhood dreams and mysteries
Wrapped present-like in front of me.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
I glimpse a past wherein i see
The child that then grew into me
Not forward fast but haltingly.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
A time for being with family
A time that's gone so fleetingly
Yet lives for always deep in me.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
When twelfth night comes whole hauntingly
One lingered look and then i see
No Christmas tree where it would be.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With feelings now felt longingly
No corner in my house to see
The magic of that Christmas tree.


Comments about A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! by David Keig

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (1/3/2016 8:58:00 PM)

    Ghosts Of Christmas Trees Past

    Christmas in childhood eyes
    is a beautiful song sparkling...

    first memories happiness wonder
    good cheer tidings Christmas songs
    good will bubbling in merry laughter....

    in old age cast mind back into childhood
    dreams mysteries colourful wrapped presents
    enchanting dazzling desired possibilities
    impatience is tiny fingers expectant minds...

    conversation is star dust monologue child's
    inability to tiny body contain joyful expectations
    glorious rich imagination images developed with pathos
    tragedy bliss tragedy bliss waiting waiting to open presents....

    before final unbelievable Christmas
    Eve creeping dawning darkness dusk
    Christmas Day marvels care laid out
    so long unopened under silent Christmas...

    Tree happy glint decorations sparkles
    coloured flashing green strung lights
    charming calm beauty are our Christmas scenes
    light snow tumbling falls through windless dark...

    decades passing hauntingly suddenly
    when all family friends may be gone
    even without years past Christmas trees
    glorious magic of Christmas trees lingers....


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! by the poet David Keig.
    Dedicated to the poet David Keig. (Report) Reply

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  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/19/2015 7:29:00 PM)

    'A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
    With dark green needled memories
    Of childhood dreams and mysteries
    Wrapped present-like in front of me.'

    The whole poem is a beautiful song, the first stanzas are wonder and happiness, before the decline into the twelfth night hauntingly when family friends may be gone, but still even without the Christmas tree, the glorious 'magic of that Christmas tree' lingers 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (12/19/2015 4:10:00 PM)

    A fantastic Christmas poem, it really does bring back memories of those days we picked real trees before the plastic one we have. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (12/19/2015 3:33:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. When I was a kid, my dad use to take me and my brothers out in the woods to cut down our own Christmas tree. (It was legal back in those days where we lived, but it's not any more.) Such fond memories this brings back! (Report) Reply

  • V S (12/19/2015 2:20:00 AM)

    the last stanza speaks of one's mind which has gone through the phase of family reunion and the separation..just nice..Thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

  • David Wood David Wood (12/19/2015 1:48:00 AM)

    A delightful poem to wake up to. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (12/19/2015 1:42:00 AM)

    What a wonderful poem! So full of love and nostalgia for days gone by... (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/1/2015 4:19:00 PM)

    I hope you are still an active member of this site- you exude talent and I want to read more and more of your poetry. This particular poem I will cherish. Thank you for sharing it. (Report) Reply

  • Spock The Vegan Spock The Vegan (12/22/2014 12:55:00 PM)

    A well written poem. Good job! (Report) Reply

  • Dr John Celes Dr John Celes (12/5/2014 8:14:00 PM)

    the beauty and glory of a Christmas tree depicted well. (Report) Reply

  • Lavanya Shetty Lavanya Shetty (12/27/2012 7:02:00 AM)

    very well writen and I like verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry much (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 12, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, December 5, 2005


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