Sunday, 23 December 2018


I could not spot one festive tree
decked out and lit up bright,
no charming tales of nativity
as I would have liked;

and up and down the streets I looked -
just a worn out sort of guy
over a punctured tyre he stooped -
nothing merry or blithe.

But then I passed a clump of palms
and through it the wind sighed
‘look hard - they come in many forms
sometimes quite well disguised.’

Indeed the clouds above me moved,
reconfigured the light
and dumbstruck underneath I stood,

And since that day I do not search
for festive trees and sights;
instead look at palms on the verge,
flat tyres, stooped men, roadsides.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 


  1. All aspects of the holidays are often where we look for them rather than where others may expect us to find them... if that makes any sense.

  2. Hari OM
    wonderful words to expand the heart this festive season! Thank you Nila - hope you look forward to 2019 with brightness. YAM xx

    1. Thank you, Yamini. Wish you a wonderful 2019 too.

  3. Love your open eyes, heart and mind.
    I hope the holiday season and the new year bring you wonders.

    1. My best wishes to you for the coming year. Thank you for being here through 2018.

  4. Lovely poem! I enjoyed reading it. Wish you a very happy sunday and Happy Holidays! :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Thanks for reading. Happy 2019! :)

  5. How true! It's the teeny moments and peer around the corners that can get you. Ray's dad's in the hospital and they have a tree decked out in surgical gear. Someone has a sense of humor.
    Enjoy the season!

    1. That's a real uniquely decked out tree - how nifty! Nevertheless, wishing Ray's Dad a quick recovery and out of hospital soonest.

      It's always the teeny tiny that grabs you first and deepest.

  6. Have a wonderful holiday season!
    :snowflake: ❄️
    Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming New Year. Thank you for your kindness and caring.

    Good metaphor in here. Nice work.

    - J

    1. Thank you, J. Wishing you and yours all the joys of the season and a wonderful New Year.


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