Pause for Poetry — Far Away Christmas


by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Shirley Specht Johnson.

Far Away Christmas

By Shirley Specht Johnson

I was looking for Christmas from long long ago,
gathering together and time moving slow.
The aroma of cakes, cookies and bread,
snowflakes falling, the joy of a sled.
Angels in the snow, building snowmen too,
the wintery art that families do.
Hats and boots, losing a glove,
quiet mornings, the coo of a dove.
Homes that sang Christmas with each shining light,
that one little star that shone in the night.
The delicate hymn, the choir’s song,
skating with friends all day long.
Family and friends were always so near
the wonderful story, the evening prayer.
I was looking for Christmas from long long ago,
When family was close and time moved so slow,
I thought all those Christmases were so far away,
then they appeared in my heart,
so close they’ll stay.

Shirley Specht Johnson loves to share inspiration and encouragement through her writing. She is a member of SCBWI and is currently participating in 12X12. She loves to read and has volunteered at her local Public Library as an Adult Literacy Tutor. She shares moments of inspiration and her writing life at her blog.

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I wish you well.


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Beautiful truth! Thank you for sharing it with us!

shirley johnson

Thank you Vonda for the kind words. Sandy thank you so much for sharing the poem.

Karen Garnica

Lovely Shirley, Thank you so much.

shirley johnson

Thank you Karen. Sandy has a wonderful blog. Be sure to check out the great posts she shares. Thanks so much Sandy for sharing the poem.