George Howard

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The Star - Poem by George Howard

Jim sat

The ground giving

No favour to his old brittle bones

The coloured lights shone brightly all around

Sweet smell, Cinnamon floating on air. Bells ringing, a wondrous sound

Children giggling, arguing, shouting out loud

Parents smiling, but worrying, presents to be found, kids lost in the crowd.

Jim sits on his throne, shivering, but smiling and patiently rattling his tin, ”Spare a penny Guv? ”

Man too busy turns a deaf ear, looks away without love

Jim just smiles, knowing, not wanting the fuss, doesn’t hate, doesn’t judge, just hopes.

Children laughing, throwing snow balls, building snowmen, trying out sledges on slippery slopes.

Santa Ho! Ho! Ho, , ing, Mulled wine in the stores for the people buying.

Smiling assistants, dressed in seasonal garb, red furry caps trimmed with white fur

Loud noises from the fountain of chocolate, drunken Jesters acting foolish, causing quite a stir.

Jim looks on smiling, memories flooding back, pulls his rags tightly round.

Snow starts to fall people cheer with delight

“Come on kids, let’s get home, guess who’s coming tonight

A can rattles meekly “Spare a penny guv? ”

“No change! ” were replies

“Merry Christmas Guv! ”

A toothless smile on his wind battered face.

“His fault! He shouldn’t have fallen from grace! ”

He looked at the faces all scurrying and hurrying by

All in a hurry, invisible to them! He didn’t need to try.

Warmth left his body swiftly, through his tattered rags,

A hand touched, as he rose up slowly gathering his bags

“Ready Jim? Did you think we’d forsake you on this holy night? ”

Jim stepped into his carriage, full of sounds, happiness and glee

And there on the dash board stood, lit with a tiny star, a small Christmas tree

With a verse just below it, in letters bright red. ‘Merry Christmas and good health to you one and all’.

For let us remember, Christmas is not just for us, but also for people, who unfortunately hit the wall!


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010



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