This is The Parrish Lantern’s third Christmas and, like the previous two, I still look around, check over my shoulder and think well I’m still here. Nobody’s called me out and declared what a fraud I must be, so……………. a big thanks to those that have followed since those Jurassic times and another to those who have come on board since – Thanks for contributing via comments, suggestions etc., thanks for visiting and a big thanks for being polite enough not to mention my failings. All that’s left for me to do is to offer you the best of this season’s greetings and may the coming year meet all of with your wishes.
Little Tree - E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)
- Little tree
- little silent Christmas tree
- you are so little
- you are more like a flower
- who found you in the green forest
- and were you very sorry to come away?
- see i will comfort you
- because you smell so sweetly
- i will kiss your cool bark
- and hug you safe and tight
- just as your mother would,
- only don't be afraid
- look the spangles
- that sleep all the year in a dark box
- dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
- the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
- put up your little arms
- and I'll give them all to you to hold
- every finger shall have its ring
- and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
- then when you're quite dressed
- you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
- and how they'll stare!
- oh but you'll be very proud
- and my little sister and i will take hands
- and looking up at our beautiful tree
- we'll dance and sing
- "Noel Noel"
Edward Estlin Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry.
This seasons joy to one and all from The Parrish Lantern.
A fraud? Are you kidding me?! You're one of my most favorite bloggers, a bibliophile and poet beyond compare. I love the winter branches; winter is my favorite season and the bareness is all the more lovely for the hope which is to come. Merry Christmas, Gary! xo
Thank you for all the wonderful poetry you share with your followers and others. Happy reading for the season and beyond.
I'm with Bellezza all the way. Yours is a wonderful blog, enriching and entertaining, and I have learned much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family and friends!
I'm with the above too!, all the best for the New Year, looking forward to reading about your future readings!.
I agree with everyone else. Best wishes for next year and look forward to many years of reading your blog
Merry Christmas to you too!
Your blog's quite unique and engaging has introduced me to poetry I've never before read--thank you! Little Tree is the perfect choice for today.
Have a jolly Christmas, will ya?!
A merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year :)
Happy Christmas, Gary!
Hi Bellezza, thanks & best wishes glad you liked my picture (photo ed) & Haiku.
Hi James in return with extra kudos. Best wishes.
Hello Prashant thank you & the best to you.
Hi Me, Thanks, best wishes & may you continued to inspire with your literary choices.
Hi Mark best wishes to a fellow shadow
Hello Suko thanks & glad you liked it. Best wishes for this season.
Hi Tony. Best wishes for Xmas & the new year.
Hello Rise. Best wishes and here's to finishing Bolano's oeuvre.
Beautiful (as always).
Thanks Deb & a happy New Year
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