Friday, November 26, 2010

Noel Ghosts: A Christmas Giveaway

Black Friday, I know. The Christmas season is irrefutably upon us. Advent is going to have us waiting and waiting; I thought I'd offer an early Yuletide gift. I'm giving away a copy of Contingency Plans: Poems, and to do so, it makes sense to say it with poetry, if you follow.

Two years ago, I wrote a poem about waking to find peace on earth and goodwill toward men, still haunted by my own poor spirits.


Christmas Morning

Almost, I didn't wake up,
and felt worse for wear.
I was so close to being swallowed
entirely by blankets and comforters
I never asked for but wrapped
around me anyway.

When I rose, I began
with sacred words mumbled
by unmoved lips and foggy head,
an insincere act meaning well.

To myself, I am
a person always out of breath,
quietly and leisurely being
driven out of my mind. And you
still regard me with a nod,
a smile, and a pleasant hello.


This week, I dare you to write a poem about Noel Ghosts. There's an old tradition of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. Charles Dickens is perhaps most famous for his: A Christmas Carol. Be they spirits of Christmases past, present, yet to come, or altogether fantasy, I love a good ghost story.

I'm happy to join with The High Calling for this Random Act of Poetry. Make sure to post a link to your poem in the comments by 6pm (PST), Thursday, December 2, for links and possible feature TS Poetry, Friday, December 3. Meanwhile, that same day the giveaway winner will be announced here.

24 comments:

L.L. Barkat said...

No need to enter me in the giveaway. I have the book already. :)

Here's my poem link. I loved this dare.

http://seedlingsinstone.blogspot.com/2010/11/for-ghost-of-christmas-past.html

M.L. Gallagher said...

Powerful idea. Great poem.

My haunting poem is at

http://recoveryourjoy.blogspot.com/2010/11/red-rubber-balls-and-other-hauntings.html

Thanks!

Madame Rubies said...

Count me in!

http://madamerubieswrites.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-ghost.html

Mama Abby said...

I'm in too...not so fun to write...but nonetheless good to re-collect...

http://findtheflametofan.blogspot.com/2010/11/peace-shamed-ghost.html

Laura said...

I love this, and am feeling it too, this time of year:

I was so close to being swallowed
entirely by blankets and comforters
I never asked for but wrapped
around me anyway.

Here is mine, David. Thanks for this thought-provoking prompt.

http://lauraboggess.blogspot.com/2010/11/conversation-with-myself-about-ghosts.html

Mama Abby said...

sorry to do this, but didn't want it to be missed...

added a verse because it wasn't 'sitting right'

http://findtheflametofan.blogspot.com/2010/11/peace-shamed-ghost.html

thanks:)

Susan DiMickele said...

These are GREAT reads! Thanks all!

jen revved said...

Hi David-- this was...er...fun! my poem is up at La Parola Vivace-- xxxJenne'

http://parolavivace.blogspot.com/2010/11/ghost-of-christmas-past-challenge.html

Fred Sprinkle said...

Hey Dave

So I wrote this today, before I read your prompt, but it might work anyway.

http://fsprinkle.blogspot.com/2010/11/open-letter-to-stoic-and-epicurean-in.html

Scott said...

No Ghosts, and it is just a little blurb I wrote about Christmas last year, but it might help some remember why we do this thing called Christmas anyway; and we don't need "things" to celebrate it.

Its called "I'll get By", here is the link:
http://scottmcqueen.blogspot.com/2009/12/ill-get-by.html

Phoenix-Karenee said...

Here is my contribution. This prompt called out a tangle of words, and it took some work to straighten them out!

http://phoenix-karenee.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-present.html

HisFireFly said...

A fascinating promt and all the memories that Christmas brings..

Here's my offering:

http://hisfirefly.blogspot.com/2010/11/memories-of-redemption.html

L.L. Barkat said...

Two more for you. (And I'll have one for the future tomorrow. :)

Here's a sestina from my 13 yo daughter...

http://greeninventionscentral.blogspot.com/2010/11/optional-writing.html

And a villanelle from me...

http://seedlingsinstone.blogspot.com/2010/11/for-ghost-of-christmas-present.html

Maureen said...

My first time at writing a ghost story. . . and in verse!

It's "Barchester's Ghosts, or The Supernatural Demise of Archdeacon Haynes":
http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2010/11/barchesters-ghosts-poem.html

nance marie said...

my copy recently arrived in the mail.

not that i would not want another copy...but, i think it should go to someone here that does not yet have it.

i took up the dare...and here is the link:

http://nancemarie.blogspot.com/2010/11/poetry-book-dare-giveaway.html

Glynn said...

I have my copy of Contingency Plans, but wanted to join in the fun. http://faithfictionfriends.blogspot.com/2010/11/unplanned-christmas-visitor-ghost-story.html

S. Etole said...

Thanks for the fun ...

http://susan-moment.blogspot.com/2010/12/upon-night.html

Monica Sharman said...

Here's my 2nd try posting a comment!

Thanks for the prompt. Here's my attempt:

http://mybigthree.highcallingblogs.com/2010/12/02/christmas-ghost/

L.L. Barkat said...

And the last of the trio, a sestina (my sestina friend! :)

http://seedlingsinstone.blogspot.com/2010/12/for-ghost-of-christmas-future.html

Sandra Heska King said...

I'm giving this a whirl. Here's my offering.

http://sandraheskaking.com/2010/12/if-im-still-enough/

P.S. I don't have the book yet--and I would love it. This I know.

dianne said...

i have really enjoyed reading all these poems, as well as the challenge. and here's my own attempt to flush out some ghosts: http://www.polomecommunications.com/unfinishedwork/?p=2425

gospelwriter said...

Awesome poem...

Here's my ghostly poem, written a year ago:

http://turtlememoir.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/ghost-of-christmas-past-2/

Susanne Barrett said...

Here is my contribution as I look at my three teens and one "tween," missing very much their younger years which always seem more tangible during this time of year....

http://meditativemeanderings.blogspot.com/2010/12/noel-ghost.html

Wishing you all a blessed and holy Advent....

Emily said...

A little past 6, but I just saw the challenge...

http://evenifiambeingpoured.blogspot.com/2010/12/laughter.html

I needed to write that tonight, too. Thanks for the prompt.