Monday, December 19, 2005

DID YOU EVER CRY ON CHRISTMAS?

I am fascinated with what poets write as they approach Christmas. Contemplation of the Incarnation spawns considerable inspiration. You can feel pain and healing in this piece by Carol Prejean Zippert. Carol, born in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, lives in Green County, Alabama, one of the poorest in the country. It is from her collection I Don't Want to be Rich, Just Able, published in 1997 by Black Belt Press of Montgomery, Alabama.

Did you ever cry
on Christmas
Can you remember
what made you so sad
What hid your sunshine
that you would cry
on Christmas

Did you ever cry
on Christmas
What did you do
with those feelings
that emptiness
that hole in your soul
so heavy
that you would cry
on Christmas

Did you ever cry
on Christmas
and did you store
those emotions in gift boxes
wrapped in flaming ribbons
Or did you hide those hurts
amidst the bright bulbs and tinsels
of the trimmed tree

Did you ever cry
on Christmas
Can you remember
what made you so sad
What crushed your hope
denied your peace
robbed you of all smiles
that you could only cry
on Christmas

Did you ever cry
just 'til Christmas
Can you remember
what gave you that hope
what raised your sunshine
and filled your soul
that you would not cry again
on Christmas

Then give yourself
Christmas
over and over
again
and hold on to its faith