On Christmas Eve


How swiftly the years fly!

So many Twenty Fourths gone by–

So we remember back in time,

Listen and smile by firelight

As little footsteps scurry past…

The children never sleep this night.

Outside the snow has fallen deep,

The stars are bright, the wind is harsh

Yet hands are warm to clasp and hold

Here there is no room for cold.



Fast forward time to some years past;

And watch our baby grandson play

Then pause a while and look again

There are three toddlers round the tree!



Some gentle shadows whisper names

They are gone, but love remains.

Our family grows  and we grow old,

Life’s a river that carries all;

But our room is warm, the stars are bright

And we still hold hands by the fire light.



And soon a new tomorrow comes,

With talk and laughter, fun and food

All that is wanted, all that is good,

All that is needed by the heart.

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About Maureen C. Wartski

I’m Maureen Wartski, writer, artist, wife, mother, grandmother; you can see that I have many of the bases covered. I was born in Ashiya, Japan, a (then) small town which lay cradled between sea and mountains. In the evenings, we would walk along the road that ran past Osaka Bay, and a great moon would rise out of the water to turn the world to silver. I’m told that my first words were, “Big moon!” All my life I have felt the tug to write something, draw something, put together something with fabric, string and color, and the urge to create has grown through the years. I suppose, then, that it’s a natural thing that this blog be full of the things that so many of you enjoy doing…drawing, making something with fabric, and writing. Yuri's Brush with Magic, my newest book for middle schoolers follows the adventures of a brother and sister, the magic of words, and the incredible magic of the natural world. I'd love to hear from you! You can send me a note at: maureen@wartski.org/ My blog is here: https://maureenwartski.wordpress.com/ Or friend me on Facebook!

6 responses »

  1. Merry Christmas eve , dear friend . your message is felt and us too feel the spirit of this wondrous message of christmas and your poem of its meaning . a warm fire…. ,we have not done that yet.
    instead.,. a jig saw puzzle is laid out in the sun room. the green plants are giving us the feeling of a small jungle.which is alive and breathing good vibs into our lungs.
    we’ve been blessed with a good dinner made by don. this eve. all is peaceful and for this as well as so many things we are most grateful.
    See you thursday at Nan’s birthday party. we are all grateful for her wanting to have this party. it will be a wonderful way to celebrate her and this sparkling spirit that we all enjoy. Nan is a joy to know.. and have as a friend. How great to be part of her 75th. birthday celebration.

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