Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Using Poetry in your Novel

and Christmas Eve Giveaway

How many of you have wanted to use a poem in your manuscript and then got caught up in obtaining the rights?  It wasn’t easy, was it?

In my novel, LOVE’S MIRACLES I wanted to quote the poem, SUFFICIENCY by Marie Doerr Boehringer.  It went perfect with the the story.  I wrote to the magazine where I had read the poem and they put me in touch with the author. Fortunately Ms Boehringer was delighted to let me use the poem in my novel and we wrote up a contract.




Then if any of you have read LOVE’S MIRACLES you know how significant the words to a song were in the story. The hero had history with this particular song and the words triggered events and reactions throughout the novel.  Well when writing LOVE’S MIRACLES I had a Bob Dylan song in mind. Can you imagine the process and expense involved in getting the rights to use that?  HA HA HA HA.  I’m still laughing.

Once I discovered how expensive that was going to be, I despaired, because the song was critical to the story.  Then I had a brainstorm. Why not write my own words to a song. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about copyright infringements.  Really, if you look at most songs, they are simply poems with music.

I had been writing poems since I was a little girl. In fact, it is a Christmas tradition for me to write a poem that I include in my Christmas cards each year. I use the poem to recapitulate the year’s events. It is very corny but we can summarize our year in a fun, quick and easy to read manner. Those of you who have received one know what I mean.  LOL



I had also written some poems that I had published in magazines. So I thought, why not?

I wrote the poem FOREVER FRIENDS and that became the song that replayed over and over in Zane’s head.


“Forever Friends”
By Sandra Leesmith

“There are worlds to see and know my friend.
To far-off lands your sails unfurl.
Ride across the oceans of experience.
Friends we’ll be forever.
Forget mistakes of yesterday.
We’ll dream another dream.
Tomorrow discover truth and promise
On the tides of destination.
Friends we’ll be forever.”


And that started a tradition. Since LOVE’S MIRACLES was originally published by Warner, I started all of my novels for them with a poem. I really need to do that again because I love writing poetry.

I wrote a poem for DREAM SONG that boasts the same title. I hope to publish DREAM SONG next spring. Can you guess where the setting is for this novel?


DREAM SONG
By Sandra Leesmith

In the land of open spaces, rugged cliffs,
And endless sky
The home of the Navajo Nation,
I found a treasure worth more than silver
Or numbered horses, or blankets
Woven in the hours of day.

In the early hours of dawn the crescent moon
lit up the darkness.
A coyote sang in the distance.
I asked for courage to face strangers
that I would encounter
And wisdom to understand a new way.

In the pink glow of sunrise, when rays
Streaked across the sky
Orange light reflected in the lake waters.
I realized I have so much to share with you
And you with me,
And experiences yet to know.

In the time we spent together,
Sharing thoughts and laughter
And discovering our dreams
I found a kinship to others that crossed barriers.
Together we learned to grow.

In the end we had found our treasure
Of friendship new and rare,
The kind that last forever.
I remember your smiles, your words of caring,
and especially, your special gift
When your hearts touched mine in a song.


How many of you write poetry?  Have you considered using it in your novel? It is a great tool. And if you write it yourself, you won’t have to worry about obtaining the rights.

It is Christmas Eve day so I want to keep this short as I know you all have fun things planned for the holiday.  (holy day- did you know that is where the word came from?)  If you have a poem you want to share, go ahead and post it. You’ll be in for a drawing of a choice of a Seeker book or one of mine.



And because one of my favorite things is to give away my books, today and Christmas day, LOVE’S REFUGE (Kindle version) is free.  Click here for your merry Christmas gift.  ( you night owls might have to wait until morning as Kindle operates on Pacific time )




And for holiday fun, here is my version of THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Original version written by Clement Clarke Moore)


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;



The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The Seekers were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
Tina and Ruthy in their 'kerchief, Sandra and Julie in their caps,
Had just settled their brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
The Seekers sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.

Away to the window they flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to Myra and Mary’s wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
Cara and Janet knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, Glynna and Pam heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As Audra drew in her head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And Missy laughed when she saw him, in spite of herself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave Debby to know she had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But the Seekers heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—




Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”







87 comments :

  1. um is this where I admit I really don't like poetry? some is ok but not a huge fan.

    its now just over 6 hours til Christmas here so Happy Christmas to all.
    ps do like the night before christmas and your take on it.

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  2. I am not a poet, but I'm impressed.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Merry Christmas to Jenny Blake right now, and merry Christmas to all other Seekers as we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birthday!

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  3. Good morning, SANDRA! I love your poems--and the great idea to write your own songs to fit a story. I don't often write them anymore, but I was an avid poetry writer from grade school through my early twenties. My earliest ones were repetitious and kind of "sing songy rhymes," but later ones were more free verse. I have a short poem the heroine wrote about the hero in the draft of my current WIP, but don't know yet if it will stay or go. I'm in the revision stage and overshot my word count so the trimming process may see it disappear. :)

    Merry Christmas to our Australian friends -- and soon to all the other Seeker Villagers around the world!

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  4. Hi JENNY, Isn't it wonderful that we aren't all the same? It would be so boring. I saw in a movie once (can't remember which one) but the hero stated "God loves variety). I always loved that saying and use it a lot actually.

    I know your Christmas is half over. Blessings and good health in the coming year.

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  5. JACKIE merry Christmas to you also.

    Happy writing and blesings in the coming year.

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  6. Hi GLYNNA,

    Thank you. I was told once that poetry is the expression or music of the soul. The good stuff, not my corny Christmas poems.

    I sure hope your poem stays in your wip. Would love to read it.

    Merry Christmas and blessings for a wonderful year.

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  7. Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

    I have written poetry for many years. The poem below started as a one stanza poem and many years later the rest just plopped into my heart as a song.

    Happy Birthday Jesus

    He was born in a lowly manger
    For there was no room at the Inn.
    This new born Babe named Jesus
    Came to die for all man's sin.
    Oh, it's not for gifts or Santa Claus
    That we celebrate the season
    But it is the gift of God's own Son
    Christ's birthday is the reason

    Happy birthday Jesus
    You were sent from Heaven above
    Happy birthday Jesus
    You are the greatest gift of love.

    There were three wise men who followed
    A star in the sky shining bright.
    It led them to Bethlehem
    On that wondrous night.
    They followed it to a stable
    Where the new born birth did occur
    And knelt down to worship Him
    With Frankincense, Gold and Myrhh

    Happy birthday Jesus
    We have traveled oh so far
    Happy birthday Jesus
    We followed yonder star.

    He was born in a lowly manger
    For there was no room at the Inn.
    This new born Babe named Jesus
    Came to die for all man's sin.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

    I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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  8. Such a lovely, meaningful poem, Cindy! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Awwww CINDY what a lovely poem. I'm so glad you brought that out and shared with us. And what a perfect day to share it.

    Merry Christmas and blessings in the coming year.

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  10. Sandra, the movie was Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. One of my all-time favorites.

    I'm not a poet, by any stretch of the imagination. I haven't got the novelist thing down just yet. I have thought about quoting a poem, but it's from Colonial America, so the rights aren't a pronlem.

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  11. Morning ANDREA. Oh thank you for reminding me of the movie. Yes, that was a great movie and of course how could it not be with KC in it. lol

    The great thing about poetry is it is subjective. So what appeals to one person may not appeal to another. Its like a painting.

    So that is why you don't have to worry about whether it is perfect or not. You just say "that's my take on it."

    And if you like it, then really that is all that matters unless you are trying to sell it. Then that is an area I know very little about. smile Like I said-very subjective.

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  12. Oooohhhh -- I love poetry. Not good at writing it though. Well, except for my renditions of Twas a Night Before Christmas. It's become somewhat of a tradition for me to write my own version in lieu of a not-quite-finished gift so the receiver has something to open on Christmas morning. This year I'll be writing one for my daughter because I haven't finished her quilt yet. :-(

    Thanks for sharing your poetry Sandra...and Cindy! Awesome!!!

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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  13. Also a song was the inspiration for my story, Johnny Cash's Give My Love to Rose. I'd love to reprint the lyrics in the book someday, but I expect it would be about as costly as your Bob Dylan lyrics.

    I'm going to go grab that free book now.

    Merry Christmas, everyone,

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  14. Oh KAV what a great idea to use a rendition of Twas Night Before Christmas for your gifts. Love it. And I know your daughter will be thrilled to know the quilt is coming. smile

    Have a merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

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  15. Yes ANDREA I'm sure that will be a BIG expense. smile

    Enjoy Love's Refuge.

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  16. I taught writing to a home school group one year (apparently not terribly well, as they didn't ask me again). One thing I taught them about poetry was that it's a poem if you say its a poem. Rhyme and rhythm are well and good; formulas with certain lines and syllables work for a lot of people, but the poet decides what is poetry, not necessarily the audience.

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  17. I probably shouldn't admit I tend to skip over poetry and song lyrics in books. :/ But for you I will (do my best to) read them all.

    Downloaded the book! Heart you, Sandra, and the rest of the Seekers!!

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  18. I've always enjoyed rhyming poetry...maybe because of nursery rhymes and grade school readers.

    But I've also come to appreciate free verse too. I'm not much of a poet, although I write a few poems here and there, but I've read some amazing free-verse poetry that reaches out and touches you with the story it tells.

    The Mississippi Writers Guild has "Literary Artists Onstage" and sometimes when we have meetings poets will read a piece of their work.

    You can tell that they've worked hard to get the wording just right so that the ebb and flow of the words and their recitation keeps us enthralled.

    That kind of skill--in the writing AND the reading -- takes a lot of practice.

    My college English professor is a master at this! He has the skill to write a free-verse poem that speaks volumes and he also has the skill to recite it in such a way that at the end, you feel you were THERE. :)

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  19. I agree with you ANDREA. Poetry is all abut emotion and feelings.

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  20. Cindy, loved your Christmas poem/song!!

    Sandra, poetry on Christmas Eve is just what I needed to ramp up my Christmas spirit!!

    Now I'll spend the rest of the day trying to come up with a catchy Christmas poem. :)

    Must think...

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  21. Thanks, Sandra, for the book and the post. Mom and I got our tickets! We're flying into Sky Harbor on January 1!!!
    Mom used to write the poems, and we just got some of those that she had written her younger sister (by 9 years) when she was gone from home. I also have others, and ones she wrote for funerals. Most of those were very personal...I have asked her to write some for the cards I make, but she can't so I'll hang on to the ones I've got!i

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  22. Hey CAROL, You can skip what you want. Like we have been saying, poetry is for the writer. smile

    Enjoy Love's Refuge and your Christmas.

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  23. Hi PAM, get all those Christmas chores done so you can enjoy tomorrow.

    Have a blessed and merry Christmas.

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  24. Kav....I really think you need to shake things up this year and write a RAP version, but only if you actually sing it (moves required) and video it and put it on youtube.

    Send us the link tomorrow!

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  25. Yay MARIANNE you will be back in the desert soon. What a great start of a new year.

    What special memories your poems are. Enjoy them and have a merry Christmas. Give your mom a hug too. So glad you will be heading south soon. Safe travels.

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  26. PAMMERS you are toooo funny.

    Who out there can do rap? It would be fun.

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  27. I bet Ruthy could write us a Christmas rap poem.

    Ru...where are YOU????

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  28. RUTHY is probably baking cookies. And I hope she brings some. I forgot to put food out. Now that is a first for me. Forget food???? Oh my my my. Now I'm worried.

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  29. OKay, Christmas tradition at my house is to have orange bread and poppyseed bread. I quickly whisked up some so there is a table with those items. To make the orange bread I needed the orange rind so I have a huge crystal bowl of sliced oranges. And what really makes the oranges yummy is to add walnuts and shredded coconut. So I have bowls of that on the side in case you don't like those items. But add them because it is really delicious.

    I have chocolate velvet coffee, hot chocolate and tea.

    Thanks for reminding me PAMMERS

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  30. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


    Funny you should mention this. I had to do this in my September Love Inspired release. I wrote the lines to a song for the heroine to play on the piano.

    Love your twist on The Night Before Christmas!!!

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  31. Hey TINA, Great minds run together. Well your mind is great anyway. LOL. Glad it worked for you. Fun to do anyway.

    Merry Christmas and see you for the New Year's Eve bash.

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  32. Good morning Sandra, I love poetry and yours is good, you are right about writing the songs too after doing poetry..poetry in motion-so to speak.
    I love the post today and look forward to reading your book.
    I dabble in poetry myself and wrote this small one when Billy Graham wife died...

    ~Preacher Man~

    The Preacher-man lost his mate today
    He has a great faith so it’s OK
    He knows she has gone to heaven above
    He says Lord take care of the one I love
    Hold her in your arms til I get there
    This will be my everyday prayer

    I know she would stand at heaven’s gate
    Looking down the road for her loving mate
    I’ll be coming fast as I can
    Whisper to her Lord, you can see her man
    You know sweet Jesus we’ve been a lucky pair
    Living and loving with you always there

    Merry Christmas all
    Paula O

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  33. Oh PAULA, thanks for sharing your poem with us. That poem could be used for anyone who has lost a loved one. It is difficult to spend that first Christmas after that loss. I have two girlfriends who are doing just that. They are brave though and the thought that their loved one is with Jesus helps. smile

    Merry Christmas and have a blessed new year.

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  34. LOL ... LOVE your rendition of The Night Before Christmas, Sandra --SO fun!!

    And unlike Jenny and Carol, I LOVE poetry!!! Wrote reams and reams in high school and college, but as an agnostic back then, most of it is a wee bit too cavalier toward Christianity, so I will refrain from typing it here. :)

    LOVE the idea of incorporating poetry you write into your books, Sandra, something I've never thought of doing. I use lyrics ALL THE TIME, but not poetry, so you've inspired me now!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE, ALL!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  35. CINDY W!!! BEAUTIFUL poem, my friend, and helps all of us to get into the true spirit of Christmas, so THANK YOU!!

    ANDREA SAID: "One thing I taught them about poetry was that it's a poem if you say its a poem. Rhyme and rhythm are well and good; formulas with certain lines and syllables work for a lot of people, but the poet decides what is poetry, not necessarily the audience."

    AMEN, Andrea -- I totally agree!! That's the beauty and freedom of poetry where anything goes!! Even capitalization and punctuation is wide open such as in e.e. cumming's poetry, right?

    Hugs!!
    Julie

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  36. My house is overflowing with kids & grandkids, so I'm, uh, slightly distracted, but wanted to pop in and wish everyone in Seekerville a very merry Christmas!

    P.S.: Loved your rewrite of The Night Before Christmas, Sandra!

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  37. Yes, JULIE, poetry would be fun in one of your novels. And I can just imagine what your poetry is like now with your love for the Lord. smile

    Merry Christmas and blessings in the new year.

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  38. MYRA have a wonderful time with your family. I know it is special for you with them arriving from so far away.

    Merry Christmas and new year blessings.

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  39. I'm not good with poetry, but Sandra, you make a good point about not having to worry about rights if you do it yourself! Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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  40. Hi PIPER, Its easy and if you look at lyrics for songs they can be any which way. You don't have to be a poet. smile

    Merry Christmas to you also and blessings for a new year.

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  41. A wonderful, Christmas eve post! Thank you, Sandra! I enjoyed your poetry. :-)

    Thank you for the gift of LOVE'S REFUGE. I'm going to read it this afternoon. :-)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all! :-)

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  42. Hi MARY H. Thank you. I hope you enjoy LOVE's REFUGE. It is a fun and light read.

    Merry Christmas to you also. Blessings for the new year.

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  43. First let me wish everyone a Merry Christmas! So happy to have today off work.

    Not a big fan of poetry either - reminds me of dissecting it in English class! But I love song lyrics which is pretty much the same thing.

    Thank you so much for the free download of your book, Sandra. What a great way to start my morning!

    Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas!

    Cheers,
    Sue

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  44. Hi SUE, You are welcome. I love giving away books.

    Have a merry Christmas and fun day off. woo hoo

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  45. Merry Christmas Eve, Seekerville!!!!

    I'm totally loving this venture into poetry, Sandra....

    Yes, I have a book of poems I'm going to publish. Two, actually.

    The first will be my mother's work, Mary Elizabeth Logan Herne...

    And then my own book of poems I wrote a long while back....

    And I will love, love, love doing it because I love poetry as the written word beyond mere mortal life itself!!!!

    My daughter in NC recently asked me if I still had the old hard copy of "America's Best Loved Poems"...

    Yup. And I've packed it to take down to her in January because a poet's heart must not be denied.

    This is so awesome, poetry on Christmas Eve. Yayayayayaya

    Thank you, Sandra!!!!

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  46. The Night Before Christmas will never be the same for me, Sandra :-) I never considered myself a fan of poetry, but you've made me realize that all the songs I love are ... poetry. Duh!

    Thanks to those of you who are sharing your poetry. Lots of talent around here.

    Merry Christmas!

    Nancy C

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  47. Beautiful, Sandra. I really like the poem The Night Before Christmas. I'm so glad you shared it . :)

    And thanks for the Christmas gift! I look forward to reading your book. :)

    And, since I won't be able to do this later, I just want to take a moment to wish everyone here a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. I thank God for bringing me across Seekerville's blog when He did. You all are a gift in my life.

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  48. A rap poem... For Christmas....

    Why not, she asks?????

    Oh come, all ye faithful, yeah!
    Yes, come an’ gather ‘round,
    While I share a story
    Of a baby that’s been found.

    He lies in some such mean estate,
    I don’t know what that means,(uh uh)
    He’s cozied down in sweet, fresh hay,
    Protected from yon driftin’ flake.

    I see he’s got sweet eyes so blue,
    though they will likely darken
    As time goes on and he matures,
    His teaching prose will hearken

    (background chorus: Come one! Come all! Gather 'round, hear Jesus!)


    He’ll gather all from near and far,
    They’ll come to hear his word.
    He’ll speak of peace and justice fair, and laying down the sword.

    His name shall be called many things,
    Wonderful but one
    And on his heart our counsel rests,
    Our Savior, God’s own son.
    But right now there is naught of that,
    Upon this baby fair.
    And Max Lucado’s crippled lamb lies with him in the manger there.

    (background chorus "Way to go, lambie! Way to go!")

    And I, a foolish innkeeper,
    Who turned them all away.
    This simple family with their child,
    Born for me today.

    I’ll labor long and weary,
    to erase the shame within
    For turning them into the cold
    Has been my deepest sin!

    But, yo, what light through yon window breaks???
    The baby’s star, so bright!
    And his blessing to us, sinners all.
    Forgiveness on this holy night.

    Go, Mary! Go, Joseph! Go baby, sweet and fair. (uh, huh!)
    For on this star-soaked night I tell
    Of that sweet boy, Emmanuel!

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      I read this with a staccato rap beat! Great job Ruthy!

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  49. Cindy!!!! I love your poem!!!!

    Gift of the heart, my friend!!!!

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  50. I am terribly at poetry, but I can definitely see where being a poet could come in handy in fiction.

    Merry Christmas to all!

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  51. Sorry, had to take off a play a little pickleball. Lost one game, won the other. So fun. Fresh air and good times.

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  52. RUTHY love your poem. I'm so excited that you are going to publish a book of poems. Wow. Why not? That is so cool. l

    Merry Christmas my good friend and did you bring some cookies?

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  53. Merry Christmas to you also JEANNE T. Hope you enjoy Love's Refuge.l

    Blessings in the new year.

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  54. Hi JENNIFER. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you also and blessings for the new year.

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  55. Okay RUTHY just realized this was rap. Now you are a show off. Rap also???? sigh. Just impossible to keep ;up.

    I hope KAV and PAM see this. They will love it.

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    1. :)

      I planned a quiet Christmas Eve,
      No shopping for me, if you please.
      But what to my wondering eyes did appear,
      But a trip to the city, not so near.

      Quick as a flash, I got ready to go,
      Cowboy revved the motor, ho, ho, ho.
      Bass Pro Shop, here we come,
      A few more presents, then I'm done!

      In-laws are along for the ride--
      Pa riding shotgun, Mams by my side.
      Around 12 noon, we had a hunch,
      There's Cracker Barrel... Let's do lunch!

      Heading back home now
      Had a really good time.
      Must do this again soon...
      Happy, satisfied and content.

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  56. Love the Christmas Poetry!

    Just wrapped the last package. WHEW!!!

    Now off to church for the 4 PM service...a wonderful way to start the Christmas celebration.

    Sending love and hugs to my Seekerville family. Thanks for your support and friendship throughout the year. Looking forward to more fun in 2014!!!

    May your Christmas be filled with friends and family and lots of joy!!!

    Love and prayers...always!!!

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  57. Hi DEBBY, Merry Christmas to you and have a wonderful and blessed new year.

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  58. RUTHY!!!!! Is there nothing you can't write??? Love your rap and I bet you created it in a nanosecond. Sigh. I'm sticking with tradition and going with

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the city
    Not a creature was stirring except poor Kav, such a pity
    The presents 'neath the tree were wrapped with great care,
    All except one which really ought to be there...

    Okay, it needs work. Back at it.

    I'm enjoying all this Christmas poetry!

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  59. Oh Oh OH KAV That is perfect. I can just picture it.

    Great going.

    And I'm with you. What's with that RUTHY???

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  60. Sandra its just after 6am. I am up. didn't get what I wished for (I wished for a pain free christmas I am so over this stomach pain).

    It doesn't feel like Christmas yet but I guess this going to be a very different one I have to say I miss that I wont be able to go to church and its one of the very few times on christmas day. have lost over a pound again since yesterday. Thats about 7.7 in around 10 days. please pray I can eat a little today. I really need food but I struggle to eat and I dont want to end up back in hospital.

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  61. Yay JENNY, so happy you are pain free.
    Blessings this Christmas day for you.

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  62. "Go, Mary! Go, Joseph! Go baby, sweet and fair. (uh, huh!)
    For on this star-soaked night I tell
    Of that sweet boy, Emmanuel!"

    RUTHY you have outdone yourself!

    Nancy C

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  63. It's 25° at my house. You'd be a frozen pickle if you went out and played here.

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  64. Jenny, I'm covering you in prayer. My poor, sweet friend.

    :(

    Wish I could hug you in person.

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  65. Gangsta Ruthy

    Yo.

    Merry Christmas!

    Later, dudes!

    :)

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  66. NANCY C. You did a pretty good job yourself.

    Merry Christmas and blessings this coming year.

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  67. Yikes ANDREA. That is cold. I'm sending you some desert heat. I think that is why Jesus was born in the desert. He knew how cold it was elsewhere. smile

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  68. She's been hanging in NYC too long don't you think PAMMERS?

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  69. Okay folks. Driving to San Diego to be with hubby's family for Christmas. I'll be on the road for two or three hours depending upon traffic. We are going through Los Angeles so please please pray for us.

    I'll be back. Enjoy the fun here. I guess I won't feel badly about my corny poems anymore. LOL

    There are some really nice ones too.

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  70. Okay, that last stanza is really bad.

    I need a good editor! lol

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  71. Sandra thats what I wished for pain free.

    I am NOT pain free. I will be ok but so over feeling so sick. I am going to try eat a few bits of pineapple.

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  72. I love poetry. I can appreciate this as it pops up in my nonfiction novel. I originally quoted individual lines from movies, then realized it would be an issue.

    I also ran into the same issue with my one published novella. I eventually just said that the song came on the radio, as opposed to actually putting in one line of the lyrics. It was a Christmas song (Santa Baby), and the publisher said Christmas songs were acceptable. I didn't want to chance messing it up however.

    Merry Christmas everybody!!

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  73. Bo PAMMERS I loved it. Its perfect. Its just like my corny annual poems that tell what you're doing in rhyme.

    How was Cracker Barrel? I love to go there for breakfast.

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  74. Made it safe btw to San Diego. Lots of traffic though.
    Whew! Good thing RUTHY wasn't driving.

    Thanks for the prayers.

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  75. Oh sorry JENNY. I guess I was reading what I wanted to read. I wanted you to say you were pain free. Well back to the prayers. smile

    When my Mom had cancer, she refused meds and would lay and say the name Jesus over and over again until the pain went away.

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  76. Hi WALT, There are rules about being able to use certain songs like Christmas. Also I think one line of a song. Some songs and poems are in public domain.

    I should research this for another blog and let authors know the rules in case you really needed to use one. I researched it years ago and that is why I decided to write my own. Much easier. But it would be interesting to know more of the rules.

    Anyone out there know? Or want to do this blog?

    WALT I think you came up with a great way to handle it though. Good idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas and blessings for the new year.

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  77. Hey, Has anyone been peeking under the tree yet? Or opened any of your packages? I have to confess I did. I opened it this morning because in our family we could open one package on Christmas Eve and that was my package. I couldn't wait till tonight. smile

    Hope Santa wasn't watching.

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  78. Merry Christmas again to all of you. Your friendship is an amazing and awesome Christmas gift and we thank you for it. We are all so blessed to have each other in our lives. Have a fun time with family and friends.

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  79. I opened my first gift at 2pm Christmas day. thinking maybe on an hour? or every half hour?
    (oh the first one americans would love hot chocolate mix with marshmellows and a cup.)

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  80. Yum. sounds delicious JENNY. What a fun treat.

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  81. I know I'm super late to the party, but I was just skimming through some old posts. I've used poems and songs that I've written in all but one of my books. In that one I used poetry of the time by Lord Byron, which is fair use, and some old folk songs from that time.

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