sunshine with partial cloudiness on the day before christmas



sunshine with partial cloudiness
on the day before christmas

you stop me cold,
lost in a fog
of steam, thoughts
and ruminations.
you peek through
the shower glass,
enlighten a droplet
of water, burst colors—
prisms to interrupt
my distractions.

in a bubble forming
on my forearm, you capture
my attention again,
force me
to the present moment.
i notice play
of spray on my bare skin,
hear the colors of music.

through almost-closed blinds,
your light slows
in song
to praise,
to dissipate dark clouds,
naked tree branches.

is this how it was
for shepherds grazing
their flocks that night?
for kings searching
to grasp mysteries?
for us common folk
who muddle through life,
grapple with violence?

the feather of a cedar
waxwing, snags on the
tree outside my window
flutters in the breeze.
i can’t see wind,
only discern its presence
by its effect on something
children die,
but love shines through
if you look for it.

yesterday in k-mart,
at the layaway counter
an older couple paid
down the debt of shoppers
who were delinquent,
scanning accounts that had
children’s toys. a younger
man, bearing no resemblance
whatsoever to Santa,
dropped $300 in cash
on the counter. “add this
to whatever they do.”

so, where is the Sun?
So, where is the Son?



This poem was originally published in my first poetry collection,Jacaranda Rain, Collected Poems, 2012. Many wishes for a Merry Christmas to all my poet friends. Whether you see Christmas as a sacred truth or myth, the message of light, peace, giving and joy is for all. Celebrate!

Photo: D. Slotto

Photo: D. Slotto–Zoe and Sparky study their present!


11 thoughts on “sunshine with partial cloudiness on the day before christmas

  1. souldipper says:

    What I love about you? You continuously show me how you know where the son lives.


  2. wolfsrosebud says:

    so loved the fifth stanza.. there are some beautiful thing left in the world.


  3. brian miller says:

    i think you found a bit of the sun in that trip to kmart…how cool is that? smiles….heart warming…tangible love….i hope your day today is full of love and light….nice pic of the pups as well…smiles.


  4. Generosity at Christmas is wonderful.

    There is little joy in the weather in Northern Europe: vast tracts of the UK are without electricity, flooded and/or picking up the pieces of their wind-wrecked roofs. Travelling is nigh-on impossible and the airports are full of folk sleeping on the floor, in hope of eventually catching a flight.

    Have a happy, peaceful day.


  5. A watchful eye pierces through the unspoken ~ Faithfully Debbie


  6. It has been a gift to have met you through this big WWW. I have enjoyed your presence at my blog and whenever I’ve visit here. It’s always exciting to see such talent and creativity. You’ve inspired my writing and my fortitude to continue to do better. Thank You !!!!
    Blessings to you and your family during this magical time of year, Victoria.
    May your hearts be overflowing with love.
    Issy & AL xoxoxo


  7. Jamie Dedes says:

    Nicely done. 🙂


  8. claudia says:

    i love the image of the wind that we can’t see but still we feel its effect… can stand for so many things we cannot see but feel – and that make a difference… and that is way cool to pay for someone elses’ debts… just like he did for us.. merry christmas victoria…


  9. Mary says:

    “I can’t see wind…only discern its presence.” I take these words & interpret them to mean so many of the mysteries of this Christmas season. And yes, love does shine through, despite all. As for paying down others’ debts at K-Mart, that is the true meaning of Christmas. No children should have to receive nothing on Christmas morning. Merry Christmas to you too, Victoria!


  10. Touching poem with compassion .Merry Blessed Christmas to your friends and family.


  11. K. A. Brace says:

    Well spoken Victoria. The best to you and yours. >KB


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