Presents–dVerse Poetics

Photo: D. Slotto

Photo: D. Slotto


sometimes you strain to garner magic
that supposed-to-be-moment
of days set aside to remind
us of this or that but snug
within your core of pretend-this-is-special
simmers a memory, an understanding
that this frou-frou feeling
inauthentic grasping of what-used-to-be
stands for something more.

down the street at the end of the cul-de-sac
an old woman lives alone
a mostly dark house with tight-closed
shutters and peeling paint
shielded from neighbors’ bright-light-christmas
oh-so-white reindeer on the lawn
rearranged by kids one block over

wrapping paper
neglected now in disarray

in the kitchen an argument ensues
it’s too early to put the turkey
in the oven remember last year
how dry it was

from the den loud snores
uncle jack drank too much again
same as always

in here
my thoughts prowl meaning
sun pours through the half-moon
window above the door
that later in the day
will welcome others
we haven’t seen or spoken to
in months

my dogs relax
cuddled at my side
backlit by rays
content and cared-for
knowing we are present

i get it then
that’s what today is all about

Linked to dVerse Poetics, so ably hosted by the talented Karin Gustafsen. We are invited to think of presents/presence. I had this poem, which may have been previously posted, that works! BTW, keep in mind…I am a FICTION writer. This is a fictional attempt to encapsulate a truth. I am a die-hard celebrator of Christmas, not the commercialism so much as the Presence, the underlying meaning, the magic and the memories. Merry Christmas–Happy Holidays to you all.


26 thoughts on “Presents–dVerse Poetics

  1. Lindy Lee says:

    Your “Presents” is a fine rendition of most any family’s Christmas, give or take a few details. Pretty tree in the picture…


  2. becca givens says:

    May the Spirit of Christmas infuse every particle of your life with blessings of joy and peace!! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!


  3. Jamie Dedes says:

    We are Christ’s-Mass present.

    Thanks for your visit! 🙂


  4. Kelvin S.M. says: write in fiction yet you still good at conveying emotions like these… a relative feel and oh some familiar scenes in these Christmas season… thank you for the poem… smiles..

    Merry Christmas to you and family…

    God Bless..


  5. Your poem is thoughful and powerful, I felt sad of the old woman living alone with no bright Christmas trees,or relatives to celebrate with her.
    I felt your compassion and I glad for upbeat ending.


  6. Sheila says:

    I remember reading this before – so good. Happy holidays!


  7. Kim Nelson says:

    You illustrate how similar families can be. I suspect every one of us relates to some or all of this detailed scene. I appreciate your guidance through the place, introduction to characters and upbeat ending. Happiest of Christmases!


  8. Sabio Lantz says:

    To relax into the care of others with us is a priviledged — one we often find too late.


  9. Fred says:

    really strong piece Victoria. Love all the scenes/observations/reflections in here. Really fitting for the season. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks.


  10. A beautifully painted scene, your words bring it to life, Victoria. I especially like ‘this frou-frou feeling’, describes it perfectly.

    Seasons Greetings 🙂


  11. claudia says:

    christmas is such a tough time for those alone…feeling for the old woman… and also a time of high expectations and a certain tension but then also joy to see friends and relatives.. happy christmas to you victoria and thanks for bringing your talent and creativity into the’re certainly a gift to us as well…smiles


  12. kaykuala says:

    It’s quite a normal day, it is Victoria. Just the right openers for a festive season. Merry Christmas and Happy hols.



  13. Susan says:

    “my thoughts prowl meaning”
    and find it! Lovely line, lovely progression and photo. This poem is a gift of rumination amid all the presences.


  14. dani says:

    i love the way you thread emotions through this, Victoria, inviting the reader to experience each vignette.

    wishing you a very merry Christmas!


  15. ManicDdaily says:

    Wonderful progression here and so easy to relate to (the way you tell it). Especially like the first stanza with all the hyphens and frou frou – oh to be in the moment like a dog! (Sometimes at least!) k.


  16. siggiofmaine says:

    I was here hours ago, and have been thinking about what you wrote, to figure out what and how to write. This is a difficult but maybe achievable task for me, I think…
    Your post showed the connection between the words for me…thank you as always for sharing.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.


  17. jmgoyder says:

    This is fantastic! Happy Christmas Victoria.


  18. I love the last stanza–and I love the grit in this piece–Happy Holidays to you!


  19. Merry Christmas Victoria. And thank you for sharing this wonderful poem. There is so much here that will chime for many different readers. The mixed emotions that fly at any big holiday.

    also I love, love, love that tree picture! 🙂


  20. The real reason for Christmas-the presence of people, of love. You describe many peoples Christmas in this poem. Thank you for sharing.


  21. I love the different points of view here and how you made it all very real. Nicely done. Have a happy Christmas 🙂


  22. Mary says:

    Victoria, what a beautiful Christmas tree photo! And yes, you definitely captured a lot of feelings of Christmas. Some happy / some not – so – much. I often think that Christmas can be either the happiest or saddest time of a person’s year….or perhaps, as in the Lincoln Steffens’ story, it can even be a ‘miserable merry Christmas’ for many. I love, of course, the image of dogs relaxing at one’s side. That really hits home. And…perhaps like you….the most important thing about Christmas for me is ‘the Presence’ as well. I think each year Presence becomes more and more important. Merry Christmas, Victoria.


  23. Today is the best day, I like the return of the last stanza ~

    Nowadays our Christmas is just our family, and we just skype our siblings/parents around the world ~


  24. I am the same as you, I like to celebrate what Christmas always used to be about, peace and love….before the money men took it over and sold it.
    Beautiful to see your gentle thoughts 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family Victoria.


  25. brian miller says:

    that is what today is all about…i like how you put the grit in…i feel sad for the old lady alone at the end of the street…though the humping riendeer did make me smile, kids, what can you say…but sad in light of her….the drunk uncle…had a few of those too…the expectations that can get in the way as well…the turkey…smiles…it is nice to see those we dont always get to…

    merry christmas victoria….i hope yours is filled with wonder…


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