Merry Christmas!


A Christmas Prayer

Decrying constancy's loss in change,
When winter reigns, bestow a benediction.
Each heavenly tear its mate in ink arrange
And color the frigid winter with other diction,
Denying even the season's wonted selection
Of font and fiction. Palette in lip, hand, eye,
Teach me to meet with reason each objection,
The winter rains. Take aim and touch the sky,
Thy brush whispering whether and winter and why,
Chromatically ascribing. Let the distraction
Of days too short to long– their periphery
Restriction, their center dramatic reaction–
Be painted with memories of a day preferred,
And given essence by Thy blessed Word.

~David Byron for Cathie
in the winter of 1991.

This poem is part one of two. Here's the follow-on poem.

Last 5 posts by David



  1. Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries  •  Dec 24, 2013 @11:38 pm

    Merry Christmas, David.

  2. JTM  •  Dec 25, 2013 @2:18 am

    Merry Christmas!

  3. [REDACTED]  •  Dec 25, 2013 @1:15 pm

    The winter snow is pleasant to the mind

    And brings some measure of lucidity;

    And yet, in tropic climes the best one finds

    Is morning chill

    And high humidity. :T

  4. naught_for_naught  •  Dec 26, 2013 @11:20 am

    Nice job with the sonnet form, David. Merry Christmas.

  5. En Passant  •  Dec 27, 2013 @2:35 pm

    In the distance we hear Spenser, Hopkins, Rosetti, Empson and Thomas squabbling over parental rights.

    Such royal bastardy is the highest honor to which a poet can aspire. You stole it fair and square with this one.

    Congratulations and thanks for the Christmas gift!

  6. David  •  Dec 27, 2013 @3:14 pm

    Huzzah! And a happy impending New Year, y'all!

  7. CJK Fossman  •  Dec 28, 2013 @11:31 pm

    "Days too short to long…"

    Very nice. Very very nice.

    Happy new year.