December 25, 2011

Solitary Refinement

"Do you hear what I hear?"

Solitary Refinement
By John R Greenwood

Christmas night solitude 
The season's simplest gift

A relieved balsam - with job complete
Lights shining brighter rests satisfied and proud

Empty streets and full bellies
Remnants of December's 24th and 25th

Presents rest peacefully with all the bustle gone
Long lines invisible, now just a memory

Such heart and soul placed on one day
Close your eyes and imagine a child far away - in a manger  

Submitted to Poetry Jam 


  1. John, thanks for visiting Poetry Jam and for this poem. Perhaps Christmas night solitude IS the greatest gift. All 'work' has been completed, and it is just time now to think about the babe in the manger. Mary Christmas, John.

  2. How well you have expressed that quiet Christmas night feeling. I love it when the commercial craziness is over and the REAL Christmas can begin.

  3. I love this! It brings such peace and joy to read it.

  4. As the holidays draw to a close, your lovely poem reminds us of what is truly important!

  5. I, too, love the quiet and solitude after all the frenzy. If that is your tree in the photo, it is BEAUTIFUL, and your home looks warm and inviting, too. Loved my visit here this morning:)

  6. Yes, this is our home. The photos for posts 'Christmas Wishes' and 'December#56' are as well. Thank you everyone for stopping by.