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Christmas (A Sestina) - Poem by Leslie Alexis

Christmas is here, Jesus to the world brought peace
Everyone is rested as kids spend time with family
Kitchens are ablaze, wives creating good ol’ soul-food
Leslie and Destra, await their turn, under the mistletoe
Love is burning bright, outshining the fireplace
And playing kids fill the house with laughter

Worries are swept away, sadness replaced by laughter
As love flies through the air, enemies make peace
Whilst sweet carols are sung by the fireplace
We thank God for the greatest gift of family
As grandma and grandpa steal a kiss, under the mistletoe
My tummy just yelled: where is my soul-food?

Memories to the tongue, grandma’s special soul-food
Don’t know how, but to my tongue, it brings laughter.
Grandma and Grandpa are still under the mistletoe
Showing love so ancient, a picture of heaven’s peace
They are the beginning and measure of our family
Captured purely in pictures taken by the fireplace

Love bubbles deep within, and around the fireplace
As its oil fuses with the spice of Grandma’s soul-food.
Moriah, the youngest; four weeks added to the family
Her little eyes sparkle, her little face filled with laughter
Looking at her, so lovely, One is taken into peace
In times coming soon, her place would be the mistletoe

Her's would be lovely and her destiny the mistletoe
And she too, someday would have her own fireplace
As she grows to celebrate and cherish Christmas peace,
She would learn from Grandma, how to craft soul-food
Her kids would fill the house solely with laughter
As one day, she would have her a family

Fresh out the womb, Moriah completes the family
Even as Grandma and her boo are still by the mistletoe
Their love brings to the heart tears and laughter
Treasures of joy. Now we depart from the fireplace
To the table to dive into some soul-food
That the wives had made in love, and peace.

Thank God for family! Gazing at the fireplace
And the mistletoe, loving me some soul-food
That sets my tongue on laughter, I thank God for peace.

Copyright © 2009 Leslie Alexis


Comments about Christmas (A Sestina) by Leslie Alexis

  • Rookie Jake Erkens (1/29/2010 12:43:00 AM)

    You seem to grasp the essence of Christmas and your prove so in your beautifully penned poem. There is nothing much to say other than 'well done! '
    Sorry my reply is rather very VERY late.
    Please do send me a message for further notice on some new work. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie *_sakura ~daisy_* (1/10/2010 5:57:00 PM)

    wat a bright and cheerful poem...peace is a calming thing and to be with a loving family on christmas day...wat more could you want as such the grace of God... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,798 Points Marieta Maglas (12/28/2009 12:50:00 PM)

    Excellent complex (visual and cognitive) metaphor:

    Love is burning bright, outshining the fireplace

    Excellent abstract poem

    10++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

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Poems About Laughter

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  3. 3. Go Ahead....Laugh , Meggie Gultiano
  4. 4. Music , Alexis Rolon
  5. 5. ^death Of Innocence , Adeline Foster
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  7. 7. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Her Laughter , Dónall Dempsey
  8. 8. The House Of Dust: Complete , Conrad Potter Aiken
  9. 9. Post Mortem Conspectu , Ezra Pound
  10. 10. Sonnet- Laughter , Dr John Celes
  11. 11. A Smile , Jennifer Rondeau
  12. 12. *insanity's Façade* , Timothy Kashorek
  13. 13. La Muse Vénale (The Venal Muse) , Charles Baudelaire
  14. 14. A Baby's Laughter , Cynthia BuhainBaello
  15. 15. The Appeasement Of Demeter , George Meredith
  16. 16. A Prayer , Meggie Gultiano
  17. 17. Their Meaningless Laughter , sarwar chowdhury
  18. 18. I Crave Your Eyes, Your Laughter, Your T.. , Emu Getachew
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  23. 23. - + - , Edgardo Tugade
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  26. 26. Laughter , Indira Renganathan
  27. 27. If Tomorrow Starts Without Me , NaNa Nana
  28. 28. Laughter , chandra thiagarajan
  29. 29. Echo And The Ferry , Jean Ingelow
  30. 30. Laughter - Laughter , juahta sitepu
  31. 31. Hold Not Thy Laughter , Sylvia Chidi
  32. 32. Broken , Crimson Love
  33. 33. Laughter Is The Best Medicine , Rajaram Ramachandran
  34. 34. Without A Laugh Day , Francis Duggan
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  36. 36. Laughter , Miroslava Odalovic
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  38. 38. Grade 9 English Project - What Makes Lau.. , Matt Rappolt
  39. 39. Sonnet: Laughter , Dr John Celes
  40. 40. Evil Laughter , Robert Smith
  41. 41. My Heart Is Broken , Heather Noble
  42. 42. Petaluma Police Car Tires , Tony Avila Sampson
  43. 43. J-Love In Our Ages Love In Stages , Marjorie DeBol DeFazio
  44. 44. Smile...! , Midhu .P. Koshy
  45. 45. Aftermath , Matthew Boisjolie
  46. 46. Laughter , agnes parker
  47. 47. Laughter Is Life , DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  48. 48. When The Laughter Stops , Matthew Holloway
  49. 49. John Betjeman, Poet , Michael Shepherd
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