Thursday, December 5, 2013

Miracle in the Burbs

image borrowed from bing

Miracle in the Burbs

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time
we love, every time we give--it’s Christmas.”
--Dale Evans.

I still live
in a
small town,

carolers stand
in the cold

Santa sits
on a
fire truck
and cruises
the neighborhood,

where tree farms
are just

store window
look like
Norman Rockwell,

the reason 
the season
every heart,
every home.

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over on dVerse Poets

Would you like the author to read this Neruda Sonnet 55 to you?


Claudia said...

how cool is that... santa on a fire truck cruising the neighborhood.. and i'm all for real trees for christmas...just because of the smell you know... smiles

Mary said...

I liked this very much, Glenn. You have set before us a beautiful Christmas scene the way we hope it will always be.

You do well with 55's, Glenn! Smiles.

Bubba said...

Wow! You went all out and included a reading of your 55 word piece, Glenn!

brudberg said...

Very nice-- love your Neruda writing.. and Santa on a fire-truck sound very nice.. can he get down the chimneys that way?

Scarlet said...

Lovely meaning specially the ending (plus the quote and title too)~

Loving the Neruda style of writing Glenn ~ Happy Friday, smiles ~

Gabriella said...

I can really picture your neighborhood, Glenn! We do not have Christmas carolers where I live but I think I'd like that. We do have street lights, window displays and Santa(s) though.
I always like the quotation you choose for us to read and this one is no exception!

Brian Miller said...

nice. i love being from a small town....for all those reasons...well not so small any more but i used to work a tree lot with my dad at the holidays and it was always fun for us kids....

Anonymous said...

The joys of a town. Beautiful imagery and the celebratory tone is just splendid. Great write. :-)

Anonymous said...

A miracle, indeed, that the reason for the season should live. Nice imagery of the small town at Christmastime. Peace, Linda

Ron Shields said...

Glenn, I used to live in just such a town...your poem makes we wish I had never left...this is a spot on description. Great images, very nice. It is like a Rockwell painting in words.

Laurie Kolp said...

Lucky you.

Anonymous said...

Loved your poem Glenn, though I thought you might do a shoot for a short film. Ha! Best. >KB

author.nara.malone said...

Yes, nothing like a small town Christmas. Every house is decked with lights and you can always count on Santa in the fire truck.

Janine Bollée said...

Just as well that there are still places like that...and that there are poets to sing about it.

Wolfsrosebud said...

sounds like my hometown... you still manager to make 55 words look like a book

Abhra said...

A beautiful and true festive season! Loved it.

Vaksinius / Vaccinius said...

I think a small town is lovely due to the fact everyone knows each other. And are giving each other. But being in a small town is not so good if the culture, the look of the town, is sad. Then being different becomes difficult.

Belonging is educating.

Loredana Donovan said...

Sounds like my hometown, Pleasantville, NY. I recognized it was Neruda style right away--like an ode to Christmas. Nice.

kaykuala said...

How nice when everything else are on a personal and first name basis. It can never be better. It is what the city people crave for but missed dearly! Nicely Glenn!


billgncs said...

a good place to be Glenn

Margaret said...

Lovely reading, thank you. And I used to live in a small Northern Michigan town very much like this. This poem gives me hope.

Vandana Sharma said...

all set for the festivity:)

Marina Sofia said...

I live in a village too, and even with the big supermarkets advertising just within the corner of one's eye, there is something magical about the quieter side of Christmas here. Eloquently put!

Semaphore said...

Ah, I should have thought of that - asking for a seasonal theme on top of the 55! You did it so well, too, with this evocation of small town and all its wide-eyed wonders during the Christmas season.

Cressida de Nova said...

Like a Norman Rockwall Xmas card. Lovely!

annell4 said...

Love it!!

Anonymous said...

A sweet poem filled with the goodness of the season - love being from a small town - corny to some but oh so sweet K

Susan said...

I love that you quote Dale Evens! And the poem is mighty fine too.

G-Man said...

It seems that the whole essence of small town bliss is condensed into the Christmas Season.
Beautiful memories Glenn
Loved your Norman Rockwell 55
Thanks for playing and sharing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Yvonne Osborne said...

Nice 55 Glen. I live in the country but we can chop a Charlie Brown tree down by the creek and call it good. I'd like some store window displays like that. The malls suck.

Have a great weekend in your small town!

Kathy Reed said...

I, too, like that you quoted Dale Evans. It seems as if you were writing about my hometown where I grew up in Washington State. Your writing is always smart and full and rich..

Anonymous said...

That was a beautifully painted scene of Christmas in your 55 Glen ~ we too have the red suited man on a fire-truck throwing out lollies to the kids on the nature-strips., how Christmas should be

Anonymous said...

Lovely - I can imagine Christmas in a small town is full of love.

Pealogic said...

Sounds like you live in a great traditional place.

TCPC said...

Little things matter if only we care enough. A beautiful neighbourhood