Friday, 17 December 2010

Friday -One Stop Poetry Holiday Poetry


Mistletoe
Walter de la Mare

Sitting under the mistletoe
(pale-green, fairy, mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Someone came, and kissed me there.


Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(pale-green, fairy, mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen - and kissed me there.





Minstrels
by
William Wordsworth

The minstrels played their Christmas tune
To-night beneath my cottage-eaves;
While, smitten by a lofty moon,
The encircling laurels, thick with leaves,
Gave back a rich and dazzling sheen,
That overpowered their natural green.

Through hill and valley every breeze
Had sunk to rest with folded wings:
Keen was the air but could not freeze,
Nor check the music of the strings,
So stout and hardy were the band
That scraped the cords with strenuous hand.

And who but listened? --till was paid
Respect to every inmate's claim.
The greeting given, the music played
In honor of each household name,
Duly pronounced with lusty call,
And "Merry Christmas" wished to all.

Photographs courtesy of Creative Commons:
Steve Willis
Joe Lewis
If you'd like to have some fun and write a mistletoe or Minstrel (aka carolers) poem, please share with us and link in.


8 comments:

fromtheredchair said...

celebrating the caroler's song

moondustwriter said...

I love these old poems - have fun reading

For those who are winding down, enjoy your holidays

From all of the One Stop crew

dustus said...

This post uplifted my spirits. Enjoyed both poems. Inspired me. Here's a quick one...

My Present Planned

Budding cherries
A chance to tease
Dots of red
Through evergreen leaves

'Tis the season
There she stands
Look up, now kiss
My present planned

Happy Holidays!

dustus said...

Happy Holidays! Enjoyed the poems very much and felt inspired. Mine's up. Moved it from the comments to my site. Thanks

HisFireFly said...

Wonderful prompt - I'm in!

Eric Alder said...

I've jumped on the bandwagon!

Plus, I'm following suit with others and cross-posting one poem for two sites.

(Guess it'll have to be twice as good then, won't it? Hmmmm... no pressure, no pressure!)

Melissa Campbell said...

A little late, but I couldn't resist the inspiration. I'm singing carols today.

moondustwriter said...

Ever heard of the term fashionable late???
I wrote this alteration to "Let it Snow" and then forgot to put it up

It a fun song of sorts