Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Snapshots Of Christmas - Poem by Alison Cassidy

The lumpy pillowcase
is scary at the end of the bed.
Saving the best parcel for last -
a beautiful walking doll with stiff legs.

Suffering the wet kisses
of moth-balled aunts.
Lazing about in the river
filled to the brim.

A welcome break
from 'The government Inspector'.
A pair of new grandparents
beaming in the doorway.

Holding my slippery son
against my belly.
Kissing the cheek
of my dying father.

Larking around
with my lusty new lover.
Trying hard to hide
the pain of betrayal.

A familiar suitcase
packed in anger.
A family gathering par excellence -
All's well that ends well.

Comments about Snapshots Of Christmas by Alison Cassidy

  • (1/4/2008 7:39:00 AM)

    What a great concept for a poem, 'Snapshots' of things, moments past, lots of ideas into just how we can write in a creative fashion

    Great writing

    Love duncan X

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  • (1/1/2008 7:01:00 PM)

    A wonderful snapshots, and a good combination too. lovely to read. thank you for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/1/2008 5:07:00 PM)

    This is such a cool write... The happy, the sad, the controversial! Little snapshots at the different times in your life, economic in form but says so so much Allie... and in the end, a beautiful holiday none-the-less.
    Glad you had a great Christmas, my love to you and your family...

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  • (1/1/2008 11:42:00 AM)

    Snapshots that span 60 years - all of which convey so much in so few words. You combine a wonderful array of emotions and events that capture the past and take the reader right up to the present with an image of warmth and happiness in the last stanza. Superb economy of language, tone, pace and composition. Happy New Year Allie! justine xx (Report)Reply

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  • (12/27/2007 8:24:00 PM)

    This diary like poem gives the entire description of a soft hearted poetess and her whereabouts of this long complicated journey.Excellent. (Report)Reply

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  • Marilyn Lott (12/27/2007 8:43:00 AM)

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with us. We have so many
    chapters with such different titles.

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  • (12/27/2007 2:14:00 AM)

    Mam allie, I pray to god everyday to bless you with everything you deserve. I will always care & love you my friend until the end of time. thanks for sharing a glimpse of your past, I will always treasure it in my mind, in my heart & in my soul.

    Mahal kita,

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  • (12/26/2007 4:43:00 AM)

    Allie, what a wonderful way of records nice things along with the sad. As for this Christmas, I wished you the best you ever had. I hoping from this long distance away that it has happened my dear friend. Top marks and thanks for sharing a small glimpse into your past. Merry Christmas and lets hope the New Year is better for us all.
    Love and Hugs

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  • (12/24/2007 3:47:00 PM)

    This is a wonderful list poem, Allie, although it leads to some sad facts. You know what 2007 will be like? A new beginning! When one door closes, another door opens. I am at a crossroads as well, and I'm looking forward to the new life. Enjoy the new you! Have a wonderful Christmas! Beth (Report)Reply

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  • (12/24/2007 1:53:00 PM)

    Wishing you a 'wonder' filled Christmas Allie and a snapshot of happiness to record! Hugs, Diane (Report)Reply

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  • (12/24/2007 7:10:00 AM)

    I am familiar with that suitcase myself. A superb photo album!

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  • (12/24/2007 1:49:00 AM)

    i hope 2007 will be a blissful Christmas for you because you deserve to be..Take care and God bless..

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  • (12/24/2007 1:11:00 AM)

    I wonder -
    What we see as manifest is a blend of prakrti and purusha, phenomenon and noumenon, manifest and unmanifest, visible and invisible, each atom radiates the power of brahma

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  • Linda Ori (12/24/2007 1:00:00 AM)

    Filled with peace, love and joy I hope! Thanks for the trip down your memory lane - it took me back to a few memories of my own, actually quite similar to yours. Wishing you (and Jer) a most wonderful memory in the making.
    Linda :) xxx

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 24, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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