~ Christmas Day ~
A Very Merry Christmas to you all!
White are the far-off plains, and white
The fading forests grow;
The wind dies out along the height,
And denser still the snow,
A gathering weight on roof and tree,
Falls down scarce audibly.
The road before me smooths and fills
Apace, and all about
The fences dwindle, and the hills
Are blotted slowly out;
The naked trees loom spectrally
Into the dim white sky.
The meadows and far-sheeted streams
Lie still without a sound;
Like some soft minister of dreams
The snow-fall hoods me round;
In wood and water, earth and air,
A silence everywhere.
Save when at lonely intervals
Some farmer’s sleigh, urged on,
With rustling runners and sharp bells,
Swings by me and is gone;
Or from the empty waste I hear
A sound remote and clear;
The barking of a dog, or call
To cattle, sharply pealed,
Borne echoing from some wayside stall
Or barnyard far afield;
Then all is silent and the snow falls
Settling soft and slow
The evening deepens and the grey
Folds closer earth and sky
The world seems shrouded, far away.
Its noises sleep, and I secret as
Yon buried streams plod dumbly on and dream.
Merry Christmas ,dear Karen!
Merry Christmas Karen.
See you in the New Year.
La Table De Nana says
Merry Christmas !
From Beyond My Kitchen Window says
Have a very Merry Christmas Karen. The cake is soooo beautiful!!!
Working london mummy says
hope you have had a wonderful Christmas Karen and that you are having a relaxing break amongst all the cooking! Hope to see you when you are over in Jan.
The cake looks lovely x
Kentish Keg-Meg says
Hope you had a Merry Christmas. beautiful post….love the music, cake and that fabulous poem. Lampman knows his landscape so well feltIwas standing in the snow observing the farmer's sleigh and listening to the bells.
Merry Christmas Karen. Hope you had a brill day and wishing you all the very best for 2012.