Sunday, November 23, 2008

Prompt 39: Childhood Memories

Geraldine of My Poetic Path brings us this week's prompt of childhood memories. Here is her beautiful poem on this subject:

first of
Thoughts of
Soon to arrive.
Expectations ran high.
Snow days and blizzards.
Making a list, checking it twice.
Then Santa's letter printed and ready to mail.
Christmas baking; heady, wonderful aromas.
Pageants at school, with costumes of many colors.
The tall lush evergreen, centerpiece of the season.
We decorated so carefully; each bough lovingly adorned.
With some old, some new, every one used and none forgotten.
The long days of dark December. Homework complete.
Sitting in the darkened living room; time alone to drift away.
Marvelling at the masterpiece of lights and shining ornaments.
Gazing far beyond to the magic to follow. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christmas eve: midnight mass and carolling.Treats aplenty!
Then the long awaited treasures afterwards.
The secrets of shining boxes and ribbons.
Finally revealed and always worth the wait.
Then off to sleep to dream of a perfect Christmas Day.
Happy and content, still to remember these childhood memories.
winter day.

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  1. Geraldine, thank you for this prompt. It was hard but enjoyable exercise for me, I really don't have too many childhood memories.

    I like your shaped poem, it flows very nicely and you kept the tree shape wonderfully.
    Thanks again

  2. Sandy, I have sent you an email re: this post.

    Jim, glad you enjoyed the prompt and my poem.

  3. Such a beautiful shape poem! And it creates a delightful Christmasy atmosphere!

  4. Dear Geraldine--
    Thanks for this prompt and your beautiful offering for it!

    My offering is a darker, denser, but hopefully the light shines through...

    Thanks again!

  5. This is not only a great prompt, but I love your tree. I am really into pattern poetry, so I am especially enjoying this one!

  6. I have an edited (and larger!) version of this poem, posted over at my blog. Thanks to all of you who have stopped by already and for all your wonderful childhood memories that I have enjoyed reading so far. I am so glad to have been able to suggest this prompt. It's inspired such wonderful stories!!!

    Big hugs, G

  7. Mine is a surreal take on childhood memories.

  8. Mine is up:

  9. I'm late responding to the prompt this week as it doubles as an ABC-Wed post.

  10. You prompted a giddy childhood memory for me. I can feel the grit sliding out from under my heels and stimulating the hairs on my nape.

  11. Although we have differences in culture, but do not want is that this view is the same and I like that!