St. Nicholas throws three golden balls into the room of three poor girls, painting by Gentile da Fabriano‘Make Christmas a Verb’ by Mark F. Stone The Society December 20, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 14 Comments For many, the gifts are the be-all and end-all: the big screen, the tablet, the Barbie and Ken doll. For me, gifts I get are like ice in the sun. I cannot recall them. No, not even one. How did I find a true way to remember the import of each twenty-fifth of December? The quest to acquire is an urge one can curb. The lesson I learned was: make Christmas a verb. Knock on the door of your neighbors who deal with aging and loneliness. Bring them a meal. If you have means and you live in fine fettle, drop off some greens in that little red kettle. Visit our vets who are hurt and express your thanks for their service as they convalesce. Deliver to others a luminous glow. The gifts you will cherish are those you bestow. Mark F. Stone grew up near Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Brandeis University and Stanford Law School, he worked as an attorney for the United States Air Force for 33 years. He served 11 years as an active duty Air Force JAG attorney. He then served 22 years as an Air Force civilian attorney (while serving part time in the Air Force Reserves as a JAG attorney). He began writing poems in 2005, as a way to woo his bride-to-be into wedlock. He recently retired, giving him time to focus on poetry. He lives in central Ohio. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Reply Peter Hartley December 20, 2019 Mark – Nigh faultless tetrameter feet in this little verse, and I really liked the slightly facetious feminine rhymes end-all and Ken doll. They worked for me. Very well done! Reply Mark F. Stone December 25, 2019 Peter, I’m glad you liked the poem. Thanks! Mark Mark F. Stone December 25, 2019 James, Merry Christmas to you as well, and I also hope to see you in 2020! Mark Reply Sally Cook December 20, 2019 So true. Reply Mark F. Stone December 25, 2019 Indeed! Reply Joseph S. Salemi December 20, 2019 “Ken doll” and “end-all” are a brilliant rhyme pair. Merry Christmas! Reply Mark F. Stone December 25, 2019 Thank you, Professor Salemi. And a Merry Christmas to you! Mark Reply Anna J. Arredondo December 20, 2019 I like this. I like that it is a fun (not funny), non-preachy way of saying ’tis more blessed to give than to receive. And I love your rhyming end-all with Ken doll. Reply Mark F. Stone December 25, 2019 Anna, I’m glad you think I struck the right chord here. Thank you for commenting! Mark Reply Monty December 20, 2019 Nice touch, Mark. For me, the fact that it’s a well-written poem is secondary to the pure altruism it conveys; and one feels that it tells us a lot about the type of person you are. In an ideal world, your poem would find its way onto the page of a national newspaper in the next few days . . to inform or remind as many people as possible. p.s. I must assume that ‘all’ and ‘doll’ are pronounced similarly on your side of the pond. Reply C.B. Anderson December 23, 2019 Monty — similarly, yes. Not exactly, but close enough, especially as part of a compound (hyphenated) word. Reply Mark F. Stone December 25, 2019 C.B., For me, “all” and “doll” are an exact rhyme, but that may be because I am from the Pacific Northwest. Merry Christmas! Mark Mark F. Stone December 25, 2019 Monty, Thank you for your kind words! Sending the poem to a newspaper is a great idea. I’ll try that next year and we’ll see what happens. Mark Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.