Thursday, December 24, 2009



Carols By Candlelight have been
A feature of the Christmas scene
Here in Australia as long as I remember.
The summer nights are often hot
And people gather in a spot
To sing by candlelight all through December.
I took this photo in the park,
Where carolers met after dark,
When Blake was just a boy of five or six.
The mistiness was accidental
But I find the shot so sweet and gentle,
And not the result of photographic tricks.
The viewer, no doubt, pictures calm;
A quiet prayer, a hymn, a psalm,
But the truth was very far from that illusion.
Below see Blake up in the trees,
Acting as do chimpanzees
While human-beings flock in wild profusion!
It wasn't quite what we expected;
The Christmas Story was neglected
Pop-songs and popcorn seemed to rule the night.
But when I see this  lovely face
Life seems to go at a slower pace
And I know I somehow got the picture right.


More Christmas thoughts here:

See tomorrow's blog for my Christmas Greetings.


Kris McCracken said...

It’s that time of year again! I’m doing the rounds and apologising for my complete failure to more regularly offer comment on everybody’s incredible efforts for the year. I know how hard it can be to keep up with the daily grind of everyday posting, and want to thank you for your efforts.

I especially want to wish festive greetings for all from down here at [nearly] the end of the world, the bottom of Tasmania.

So, if you could delete whatever is not applicable, I’d like to wish you a very pleasant/merry/happy/wonderful/safe Amaterasu; Ashurall; Beiwe; Choimus; Christmas; Dazh Boh; Dongzhi; Goru; Hanukkah; Hogmanay; Junkanoo; Karachun; Koleda; Lenæa; Meán Geimhridh; Modranicht; New Years; Ras as-Sana; Rozhanitsa Feast; Şeva Zistanê; shōgatsu; Summer Solstice [if you're in the Southern Hemisphere]; Sviatki; Vánoce; Winter solstice [if you're in the Northern Hemisphere]; Yalda; Yule-tide; Ziemassvētki; and Коляда!

With a hearty three cheers from Kris, Jen, Henry and Ezra!

Word Tosser said...

What beautiful pictures... so innocent looking.... he is a handsome young man.

I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, and hope it brings the same joy that we recieve all year around, as we come here to read your poems...