Tuesday, December 25, 2012

OpenLinkNight: ...is coming to town, he sees you when...

ornament on our tree

Santa wears a tropical shirt
red & adorned with reindeer,
a sleigh & eyes a'sparkle
behind wire rim spectacles,
beard untrimmed & wild

'it's him, it's him,'
don't let the jeans & biker boots
fool you nor the tattoo, 'mama tried'
& so did the law, but unchain
love & you never know
what might happen

how many have we missed
because they look different
than we expect?

doesn't draw attention to himself,
but those that need find him, among,
at the back table covered in paper & sweat
circles from plastic cups of iced tea,
a steel serving bowl of rolls

doling out Ho, Ho, Ho's in
how are you's and whasssups,
a hand shake, rough with callouses
scarred knuckles & tenderness---
he speaks few words but listens
and each spoken carries meaning

dirty children wide eye him
as he eats greasy chicken, some
one donated---and smiles at them,
slipping from his pocket a piece of candy
he got out a bowl at the library
'My friends call me Cowboy,'
he says, thus the hat he doffs---

'Merry Christmas ya'll'
click, click, click his boots ring
as he walks off the warm meal
to find a place to sleep---how vicious
it is, when we admit, he doesn't
exist---wiping off a stray green bean
i still believe.

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you are enjoying time with your family & the day is filled with joy. dVerse is open for OpenLinkNight for those needing a place to see some familiar faces, so if you are around, drop in. Otherwise, I will catch up to you , when I see you. Smiles.

80 comments:

Kelvin S.M. said...

..i am always a believer of him, real or unreal... and guess what? just got a new cam & gift certs from him last night (oh, Santa's generous this year..hihi. )... soon i'll play roles of him in many Christmas eve of my future children... so i must pay attention on how it's done... Merry Christmas... ok...off to unwrap more presents... smiles...

Pat Hatt said...

Santa is grand
Well depicted in your land
As you gawked away
Give quite the ho ho ho display
Playing so jolly
Hope you didn't trip over any holly.

Claudia said...

but unchain
love & you never know
what might happen....isn't it awesome what love manages after everything else failed...brought back some memories to when i first went to church...it was a bible study group, have been invited and went there very rebellious and with a bad attitude..but there was this elderly lady..and she just loved on me...just so, just in spite (and elderly ladies didn't like me much at this time..) i saw him in her...and that was what made me change my mind...so...sorry for telling long stories...smiles... seeing him in others, it's something that needs love and a trained eye, but then..also brought that verse to my mind where they asked him: when did we feed you and visit you in prison and...and he says..what you've done to one of them, you did to me...ok...i'm stopping now...smiles...merry christmas...smiles

Claudia said...

hey and i'm third..that's not bad at all..smiles

Daniel said...

Love this. There is magic in the air, if you know where to look, ..., like right in front of you! Blessings to you and yours. Merry Christmas.

kaykuala said...

Santa is a phenomena conveniently around to take the fun to young people. It gets imagination to a high and that makes it easy for parents to explain why there're presents or why there are none. He played his role to expectations. Great write Brian!

Hank

Mary said...

Nice post, Brian. In addition to seeing 'Santa' in others, I think we can see the 'Christmas spirit' in others, one which lives throughout the year...and sometimes it may even be US spreading the love. I believe too, more than ever. Have a great Christmas Day.

DJan said...

Have a great day, Brian. Thank you for this fine Christmas gift. :-)

Alexandra said...

Happy Christmas, Brian!!!! :)

adeeyoyo said...

Love this,Brian. Kids deserve to have a Santa to look up to and love. I believe there is a Santa in each of us, trying to get out and distribute love to all, if we'd only let him free.

Jenny Woolf said...

Here, we call him Father Christmas, it's a nice name, don't you think? Have a wonderful Christmas!

★ Braja Sorensen said...

Santa rocks :)

Manicddaily said...

Lovely poem, Brian. I especially like the stray green bean at the end. You have your eye on the human being. All best to you and yours. k.

Grace said...

I believe we missed out a lot when we put our expectations on others. But I too believe in the spirit of sharing and giving...and now that my children are older, I see that they too believe ~

Merry Christmas Brian ~

Wolfsrosebud said...

makes you wonder what else we miss... hey, thanks a lot for all you do... you're a blessing to many... hope you know that... you'd be missed if your blog vanishes...

Bossy Betty said...

Merry Christmas, Brian! Santa came. He delivered. No questioning here.

ninotaziz said...

Ikesha bought
her first Christmas Tree
today. She carried it everywhere.
In the car. Up the stairs.

On her sleeve. In her heart.

Merry Christmas Brian!

Tara Miller said...

Lovely write today, my love. Kindness and a good heart can be found in so many...good reminder that their not all cookie cutter types but each unique in their own unique and kind, loveable self. Merry Christmas!!

Behind the Smile said...

Reminds me of being told to never overlook anyone even a stranger, a homeless person as you may be turning away Jesus. Do we really see him, do we really see santa :-) I like your poem very much. Thank you for coming by my blog today. I hope you are having a lovely Christmas day. Smiles.

Jen said...

There but for the grace of God...in this economy it could happen to any of us.

Thomas Hanna said...

Merry Christmas Brian! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family today!

Wander said...

Merry Christmas Brian...may yours be full:-) stay safe

AJ Walker said...

Merry Christmas Brian, and thanks for another great poem.

I think I liked this one even better than the last one, and I liked the last one a lot!

I'll be posting something myself in a bit.

Daydreamertoo said...

I believe he's real, even though I don't...he is for kids and that makes him real to me too ...yours has so much character than the standard. Never judge a book by its cover eh.
Merry Christmas to you and family Brian

Gail said...

I believe...and there is part of him in all of us.

tony said...

Hey Brian!You & Yours Have A Brilliant Christmas.

LadyCat said...

May we never forget them all...the unlikely Santas and Angels.

ayala said...

Merry Christmas Brian. Hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday. :)

Laura said...

"how many have we missed
because they look different
than we expect?"...beautiful wisdom dear Brian... wishing you and your beloveds and everyone you touch (for your gentle heart touches so many) peace and joy and plenty of love throughout the holidays and into the New Year nearly upon us:-)

moonlitpoetic said...

most delightful Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you, Brian..filled with light, love and warmth~smiles

1emeraldcity said...

Love this, Bri..Only u could bring this off and find love and Santa in a biker...all rough edges...dirty, greasy...Cheers for showing us, reminding us!

Kimolisa said...

This left me warm and cozy inside, I really liked this piece.

Victoria said...

What a gift, to be able to see beneath the surface. I had this experience recently when I had the occasion to really listen to someone I was inclined to judge based on appearance. It's a lesson to learn over and over and for me reminds me of the importance of looking for that spark of the Divine in others. It's quite humbling, really. Thanks for this reminder of God-with-us. Love to you and your family.

tino11 said...

I asked Tinks what Santa had left for her. After the details, she said, Thankyou Grandad for my presents. Kinda sad that already the dream is dying in her.
Great piece fella, and so so true, dont just judge the man by what you see on the outside.

Liisi Heiskanen said...

This is lovely. Santa is indeed a phenomena. I love things like this that are born through folklore and that just live on in different interpretations. Merry Christmas =)

A Cuban In London said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! :-)

Greetings from London.

Leovi said...

Very fun and unique Santa Claus. I wish you a Merry Christmas.

Sabio Lantz said...

Wow, I really enjoyed that.

Loved this Brian!
So I read it a few times to see if sound and coherence blended into a good eggnog.
But I was lost a bit until the third read and here is what I got:
A homeless guy (not a Santa at all), eatin' Chicken soup kitchen,
in a Library (getting warm?)
then off to sleep under a bridge.

I was voluntarily homeless for a year -- people who know me now, would never guess.

I spent time today with patients held captive during their holidays. (I was on-call for the hospital). I went in with Jeans on, sat slowly sharing Christmas with them -- they can't tell my past nor do I know their lives. They are in their costumes and me in mine. But our present was full of both of us. They are a patient, I am their doctor --- but you'd never guess. We both were Santa Clauses. I believe! It fills the moment.

Laurie Kolp said...

My youngest was struggling last night. I don't think he wants to give up that part of childhood... the magic... and then how could we have lied to him all these years? It was tough. All we could do was say we believe, because it it the spirit, isn't it?

pandamoniumcat said...

Great poem, that proves he does exist, maybe not in the traditional form but... why can't santa have his own style...loved this one and goes down as one of my favourites. :)

afterhisimage said...

I can't see the Santas for all the elves, I mean Elvis impersonators... ;-)...

Lady In Read said...

:) so true..
how many have we missed
because they look different
than we expect?

merry christmas, Brian.. and Santa did come here..

Heather Sawaya said...

Brilliant! So magical and whimsical, and human. The perfect poem for Christmas. Love it.

Cloudia said...

Me too! My play pal!
Aloha

Semaphore said...

Exactly so! Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he lives in the heart of even those who don motorcycle helmets, Doc Martens, and yes, Hawaiian shirts.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Santas can be found in the most unlikely places. Thank you.

Ginny Brannan said...

Great capture as always, Brian! I believe!!

farawayinthesunshine said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Brian with your family...I still believe too...:-)

Nico said...

I enjoyed this poem very much, and you get extra points for referring to a Merle Haggard tune. Great message, and great writing!

jasmine calyx said...

This is my favorite: "dirty children wide eye him
as he eats greasy chicken"

I really love your last two stanzas.

Rachel Hoyt said...

What a beautiful vision of Santa Claus! I believe. :)

I watched Finding Neverland again today... Magic is wherever we want to see it and if we believe it long enough, it becomes true. Happy Holidays!

Eva Gallant said...

Love makes so many magical things possible!

ninotaziz said...

I am sure I was here, Brian. Merry Christmas to you and the family...In Malaysia, we celebrate each festival for dayyyssss.

Happy New Year!

Terrace Crawford said...

As always, good stuff! Merry Christmas Brian!

-@terracecrawford

Paul said...

Love the poetry! Have come to you through Val's blog and would like to follow your blog. Hope Xmas was a special day for you!

Dana Dampier said...

Santa is real because he lives inside of us... and we bring him forth every Christmas!

Fred Rutherford said...

Creative write. Love the observational style here, really is very effective. Hope you and your family had a great Christmas. Thanks

poetry-diary.com said...

Love the last line - which works well in the context you create. I like your Santa too

Whoistin-tinandsnowy? said...

'Merry Christmas ya'll'
click, click, click his boots ring
as he walks off the warm meal
to find a place to sleep---how vicious
it is, when we admit, he doesn't
exist---wiping off a stray green bean
i still believe.


Hi! Brian...Thanks, for sharing the image [Of a Christmas ornament]...as in your [very] descriptive poem you [have] describe a situation that can occur anywhere, an[d] any place you look in this world...

...What's sad some people [Who are living from pay-check to pay-check] can find themselves in that predicament...too!

[I think that the poem "...is coming to town, he sees you when..." transcend Santa...]
deedee :(

Lorraine said...

So full of hope...always you are, a star :) Merry Christmas my dear Brian

SueAnn Lommler said...

I believe too! He comes in many shapes and sizes and all of these disguises cannot mask those twinkling eyes!!!
Merry Christmas Brian and Have the happiest New Year!
Hugs
SueAnn

rallentanda said...

Merry Christmas Brian!

Jenny Herner said...

Brian, I love this so much. Not just the words "unchain love & you never know what might happen" but the lovely sentiment. The sadness of looking past the loveliness in different-looking others. The sadness of homelessness. Thank you for this.

Alice Audrey said...

The line about him not existing when he's actually larger than life is so strong. I've known a fair number like him.

Kim Nelson said...

You always manage to combine art and information, Brian. This piece is one of the best. "Judge not..." is so easily forgotten, so often rationalized. Thanks for the real world reminder.

Blessings in the new year.

KIM

Kim Nelson said...

You always manage to combine art and information, Brian. This piece is one of the best. "Judge not..." is so easily forgotten, so often rationalized. Thanks for the real world reminder.

Blessings in the new year.

KIM

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Excellent write, Brian. Very vivid and full of well told truth.

Ash Sharma said...

Aha bit different but a lovely poem. Happy holidays

franza said...

everytime i read one of your poems, i like them even more..
my favorite christmas poem so far..
there really is something special about Christmas, the spirit, makes us believe in miracles and teach us love in its many forms. :)

Margaret said...

Believe. I love this word. I have it in my kitchen at Christmas. Perhaps I should leave it up all year. I see I have many poems I need to come back here to read. Off now to get my youngest girl's ears pierced. (I hate the mall)

RMP said...

Santa has a way of appearing just as he's needed to appear. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

mywordwall said...

I like the line "how many have we missed because they look different than we expect?"

It is so true - oftentimes, our expectations get the better of us, they cloud our better judgments. How many opportunities for friendships, for anything have been missed because, from appearances alone, they do not look right?

Merry Christmas to you and your family - I know my greeting is not too late yet. the 12 days are not yet over. Add in my wishes for a wonderful and joyous new year too. :-)

kkkkaty said...

...there you go again...taking a mundane situation and/or person and turning it into a fabulous lesson in love, courage, faith or a story of life, this time about the greatest story of all..

my heart's love songs said...

LOVE this, Brian!

happy happy!

Steve E said...

SO I imagine (see!) you spending some of your holiday serving those hungry and thirsty...who, if we are aware, bring to us the food and drink we need.

Almost ALL the time, those we try to help, help us more...as you well know, Mr Brian Sir.

A wonderful 2013 is shaping up, regardless of what "THEY" want us to think...--grin!

darkangelwrites said...

You have a gift for seeing "him" in people; my father shared that gift. Thanks for helping us all to see too.

Goofball said...

Merry belated Christmas to you!

Syd said...

I like to think that something magical abounds at Christmas when the unreal can seem so true.

izzy said...

(Note from my 55)
This was one of my backwards, from the bottom up type pieces- a lot of fear and sadness going by- change is never easy...

poeticlicensee said...

Santa Claus is a cool cat, the concept & all that...