An Old Christmas Poem

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An Old Christmas Poem

She walks down the sidewalk
Scrawny Christmas tree in hand.
Not big, like her own frame,
Wearing a plain gray dress – not grand.

It’s snowy, the last day of grammar school
Before Christmas vacation.
This “charity” child gets to take it home
Back to her desolation.

The tree decorated with handmade
Red and green ornaments looped.
A construction paper star aloft.
The top branch in a droop.

She trudges barely holding its weight anymore.
Her face deliberate looking dignified,
Glancing here and there for watching eyes.
Walking quickly, resolutely as this tree takes its ride.

It then stands in the small drafty room’s corner
No presents under its limbs,
It looks like her usual Christmas –
Not so happy, pretty grim.

Then a knock at the door –
A gracious man and some helping kids,
From that church down the road.
Some food and presents for these folks on the skids.

Now she walks slowly down the sidewalk,
Unused bright notebook in hand,
Smiling, ready for school,
Wearing a brand new print dress – grand!

— Charles B. Mayes

An Old Christmas Poem © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Jesus said, “the poor you will always have with you, . . . ” [Holy Bible, Mark 14: 7 – NIV].  An Old Christmas Poem is based on a true story.  It’s one I felt I had to tell, but it was not easy for me to tell. Thanks to the Salvation Army Church and many other churches a multitude of persons are helped during the holidays and year-round.

What can we do?  We can go, give, and pray.  However, if we cannot go, we can give. If we cannot give, we can pray.  Once, when my Sunday School class was discussing supporting a missionary, a lady asserted, “I support them.  I pray.”

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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The Giving Book – Part 2

In my last blog I said that my poem, “The Giving Book,” was just published in a periodical.

But even before I wrote “The Giving Book”  I was thinking that I’d never used a “Giving Book” myself to send any money to a charity.  So I decided to put my money where my words were.

I just saw that the Red Cross now has one, and I was aware of another one, but can’t remember from whom.

The gift catalog  I used was from Franklin Graham’s organization – PO Box 3000; Boone, NC  28607-3000.

I gave some to help a child be able to study the Bible and then receive a New Testament at the completion.  There are so many things that touch a person’s heart in these catalogs, and that was one of the ones for me.

I encourage you to do the same, making a donation, according to your ability to give (Holy Bible – Acts 11:29).

Now here’s the full version of “The Giving Book” poem as in my new chapbook,
A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

The Giving Book

A Currier and Ives Christmas
Is what I’m planning for –
The hearth and decorations,
The wreath upon the door.

The catalogs have already come.
Too many to actually count.
Those chocolate covered cherries,
And Christmas trees that sprout.

And the big ole’ cake,
With candied fruit and nuts,
Comes in that complimentary
Tin from the Season Hut.

But one came the other day.
It was the very best.
The Giving Book,
Had gifts – nothing like all the rest.

These presents are for peoples
All around the world,
To make their lives much better
No matter which flag there unfurled.

You can give these
In the name of someone dear,
To include them
In this Christmas cheer.

You could give a lamb or goat,
Or well to quench the thirst.
There was even a wooden prefab
Old fashioned country church.

There are books for children,
To tell of God’s great love,
And of Jesus His dear Son,
Who came down from above.

Even children who have heart trouble,
To the U.S. they can fly,
To see the doctor – now all fixed up.
So they can live – not die.

Send some fruit or baby chicks.
Teach youth to read and write.
Give some fish to a village,
Which is a great delight.

You don’t have to give for it all,
Part is just OK,
To make someone’s Christmas bright
Is the Christians’ Christmas Way.

Gifts through the Giving Book,
To family and my friends,
Just see the smile upon their face.
One that seems to never end.

A Giving Book Christmas
Is what I’m praying for –
The heart of selfless kindness,
The Christ shines from my door.
— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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The Giving Book

“The Giving Book” poem has just been published in a periodical.
It was excerpted, and the one below, from what became the new chapbook, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including the Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  The foreword is by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of International Christian Center San Jose, California.

The Giving Book

A Currier and Ives Christmas
Is what I’m planning for –
The hearth and decorations,
The wreath upon the door.

The catalogs have already come.
Too many to actually count.
Those chocolate covered cherries,
And Christmas trees that sprout.

But one came the other day.
It was the very best.
The Giving Book,
Had gifts – nothing like all the rest.

These presents are for peoples,
All around the world.
To make their lives much better,
No matter which flag there unfurled.

You could give a lamb or goat,
Or well to quench the thirst.
There was even a wooden prefab
Old fashioned country church.

There are books for children,
To tell of God’s great love,
And of Jesus His dear Son,
Who came down from above.

Even children with heart trouble,
To the U.S. they can fly,
To see the doctor – now all fixed up.
So they can live – not die.

Send some fruit or baby chicks.
Teach youth to read and write.
Give some fish to a village,
Which is a great delight.

A Giving Book Christmas
Is what I’m praying for –
The heart of selfless kindness,
The Christ shines from my door.

— Charles B. Mayes
Copyright © 2011 by Charles Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

There are some giving Christmas catalogs where you may help needy persons.  For
example, you could donate money to the charity for a goat in the name of a relative or friend, and then let them know.

You might want to visit the Advent Conspiracy  – http://www.adventconspiracy.com
[Disclaimer –  I do not necessarily endorse all the content of this website,
or any other websites linked to it.]

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area.  If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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