Leo Yankevich

Silver Star - 3,448 Points (October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvania)

A December Wish - Poem by Leo Yankevich

You hear the sound of carols from afar.
Bright bulbs and tinsel, cinnamon and cloves.
Beyond a hill of snow you see a star.

Here you can look at stacks of Christmas trees,
buy nuts and raisins, fruit from nearby groves,
cards inscribed in gold: “joy, love and peace.”

And you can eat kielbasa from a spit
as fat drips sizzling in makeshift stoves
and zlotys are exchanged and butts are lit.

Here you can watch fat women slaughter fish
if you stand in the line and bear the shoves,
pretending that you really have a wish.

And for a moment you can close your eyes
and can forget the cold that pierces gloves
and see a diamond necklace in the skies,

or Jesu here among the city doves.

Comments about A December Wish by Leo Yankevich

  • Butch Decatoria (12/5/2018 12:02:00 AM)

    Very lovely. Merry holidays and happy Xmas. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (12/4/2018 12:38:00 PM)

    The spirit of Christmas comes alive in this beautiful poem.
    Thanks, Leo.

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/4/2018 10:34:00 AM)

    Great imagery indeed on the scenic beauty of December and approaching Christmas. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/4/2018 7:51:00 AM)

    A marvelous tribute to natural manifestations in December along with approaching Christmas festivities. Thanks for sharing and Congrats on modern poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (12/4/2018 7:22:00 AM)

    this is a nice poem with vivid descriptions all set in specific place and, being a cold wimp, i relate to the charm of the scene that makes us forget the cold that pierces our gloves (which in russia has got be worse than here in the high desert where i live) . -gk (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (12/4/2018 6:42:00 AM)

    What a view of the way our celebration of Christ should be. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (12/4/2018 2:48:00 AM)

    diamond necklace
    from the sky
    the snow
    falling in the figure of fairy queen
    on heart of world
    in cold December
    ....// excellent poem

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  • Kim Barney (2/26/2015 8:21:00 PM)

    Very well written. I felt as if I were there seeing everything you described. You would probably like my poem THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS GIFT. (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Jani (5/16/2014 5:32:00 PM)

    Leo Amazing showcase of poetry, keep it up (Report)Reply

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  • Patricia Grantham (3/31/2014 9:24:00 AM)

    Very nicely written. Enjoyed the words expressed.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Sandra Conner (11/10/2012 8:45:00 PM)

    I really like this. Your imagery is so crisp.
    I came to your page to read your poems because of the recommendation of Dennis O'Brien (one of my favorite modern poets) , and I was not disappointed.

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  • Cat Tiger (7/9/2009 2:19:00 PM)

    From the only nation where Communism couldn't subdue Catholicism. Now, with this poem and John Paul II, Americans can understand why. (Report)Reply

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  • C.R. Clark (2/11/2008 7:24:00 AM)

    I love it. You paint very good pictures with your words. Thanks (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, May 30, 2011

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