What happened to those days of yore
shopping in the village stores
midnight mass with church bells chiming
then off to bed, our folks reminding
“Say your prayers, sleep tight.
Santa comes tonight!!”
It doesn’t seem so long ago
through children’s eyes, we watched the glow
of trees with colored lights
and candles in the night.
And filled with bright anticipation
couldn’t wait for school vacation,
Decembers cold and white
and our whole world seemed right
…in those Christmas days of long ago
Many years have passed since then
and so few from the past remain;
the trials of life have changed our views
such anger in the evening news.
And each one bears a certain weight
the loss, the illness culminate,
caught up in the pain
so little left to gain
…what happened to the joy of long ago?
Ahead the future lies uncertain
it hides behind an opaque curtain—
only we decide
to stay or run and hide…
Oh! That we might feel the wonder
find the Peace, and shun the thunder
and that we might stake our claim
to the love that still remains…
Perhaps then we will find the door
that leads back to those days of yore
to find the joy to light our way once more.
© Ginny Brannan 2019
The title comes from Dorothy Gale, who said "...If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard." We can't change the world, but we can change how we view the world, we have that power inside of us. May you feel the light and know the wonder of Christmas.
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