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Christmas Trees

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The city had withdrawn into itself
And left at last the country to the country;
When between whirls of snow not come to lie
And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove
A stranger to our yard, who looked the city,
Yet did in country fashion in that there
He sat and waited till he drew us out
A-buttoning coats to ask him who he was.
He proved to be the city come again
To look for something it had left behind

And could not do without and keep its Christmas.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
Topic(s) of this poem: christmas
Tom Allport 08 January 2019

A poem of a deed well done giving life instead of counting the sum? ........wonderful writing.

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Neelam 13 November 2017

Chitstasmas song pome words together we are singing along caritas care

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Savita Tyagi 25 December 2015

Beautiful! Glad he didn't sell. Frost foresaw and prevented some thing that is happening now. Destruction of forest for commercial purpose. Even Christmas trees aren't immune to it.

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Kim Barney 25 December 2015

Three cents for a Christmas tree? A bargain for sure. Good thing he didn't sell. I love the conversational style of this poem. Frost is one of my favorites. That's why he is the keeper of the gate in Poetry Heaven. These days I just use an artificial tree to help save all the forests.

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Susan Williams 25 December 2015

Glad he kept all those Christmas trees- so much richer for having left his hills and valleys clad instead of denuded of God's blessings. This gives good reputation to the tree nurseries

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Ratnakar Mandlik 25 December 2015

An excellent poem on Christmas penned by a master craftsman. Reading it was a delight. Thanks for sharing.

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Mary Donnelly 19 June 2015

Brilliant is the only word for this verse.

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Douglas Scotney 26 December 2014

perhaps 'awemore' gives more awe than some

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 25 December 2014

Best Christmas poem and it is so beautiful.

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Michael Morgan 11 December 2014

masterful handling of the New England idiom. Formal but conversational- not an easy thing. Excellent characterization, even though the buyer remains two-dimensional. Manages to make the national character attractive, matching sharp for sharp, and satisfying the sympathies of a readership. Despite his reputation for persnicketyness, Frost is justly famous.

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