Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve Poem

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Lo and behold, it's Christmas Eve! We've just returned from the Florida Keys, where we were unexpectedly blasted into the holiday spirit by all the decorations, island-style.

It got me thinking about how this is my almost last ArtSpeak: FOUR SEASONS poem, and is there such a thing as famous Christmas art? Well, yes there is! I found a wonderment by Henri Matisse, which inspired today's poem. And I also discovered famous paintings altered to include Christmas images... like this Starry Santa Night:

 and this Santa stringing lights on one of Monet's bridges:

Fun, yes? Click here to see Santa visiting other famous artworks. 

Other island-y thoughts include some ruminations on my 2021 One Little Word BEWILDERMENT. My intention with this word was to abandon cleverness, which is of the mind, and exist instead in mystery, which is of the soul. 

It's definitely been a year of questions, and as a result discovery. I've tried all sorts of new-to-me things this year (part of my 50 Firsts upon turning 50). I've made some dramatic shifts in my priorities and goals. And I find myself here at the end of the year is a place I never could have anticipated...on the brink of I-don't-know-what! 

No need to worry... it's ALL GOOD. As Bob Ross said, "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents." By letting my soul lead, I feel I'm experiencing life and writing and relationships in a deep and fulfulling way. I'm excited to see what 2022 brings...and I know my just-right 2022 OLW to appear to me in the coming days.

And now, this week's poem. Thank you so much for reading. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve

Stars sing,

Rivers breathe,

Mountains hum,

You whisper,
I believe

- Irene Latham


  1. Thank you for this moment of calm in the Hectic Season. I, too, channeled nature to find meaning.

  2. "I believe" in those "happy accidents", too, Irene. Yay for the brink of goodness. Happy holidays to you and yours. :)

  3. Starry Santa's Night and Santa's appearance on Monet's bridge made me smile. As did your peaceful poem. Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a wonderful 2022. (And thanks for the brilliant-ha!-adjective.)

  4. Love how your Christmas Eve poem breathes "still" during this busy season. And the famous paintings with Christmas images are whimsical and delightful. Wishing you the merriest of Christmases and a happy 2022.

  5. Thanks, Irene... a poem and a smile just when I needed it! Best to you for a Merry Christmas.

  6. I'll believe in stars song of rest, rivers breathing peace and mountains forevermore, hope they all continue on… Wishes for a very merry Christmas to you and your family Irene!

  7. Merry Christmas, Irene. What a journey -- one of bewilderment. I love learning from you and WITH you. "Stars sing rest" really got into me. I celebrate your bewilderment this year and look forward to reading what lessons your next word and year will bring.

  8. One of the best things about December is that it encourages us to think about how we move forward in a new year. Lovey post, Irene, full of wisdom, faith and humor as well. Also, I love the Keys and long to go back!

  9. Irene, I read your poem last night but didn't press send so I am trying again. I love the Santa on the bridge. Your Christmas Eve poem has strong verbs and an important message at the end with one of my one words. Have a wonderful week.


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