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Good Cheer (not the title)

WhimsyGizmo at dverse poet’s pub has asked for a 44 word Quadrille on the topic of cheer.  I have indicated that the given title above is not the title of the Quadrille for purposes of word count.


shivering in doorway

mother, toddler, teen, dog

smooth stone, alcove

bars wind, sucks heat


curtained snowflakes

set the stage

for the final act —

numb turns to warm



stars twinkle

blessings descend

tires crunch

van ride


real shelter

kind smiles

filling food

good cheer

43 thoughts on “Good Cheer (not the title)

  1. This poem reads to me like the Little Match Girl..dying from the cold, a vision of warmth in her eyes. Years ago I rescued Ying woman and her small daughter wrapped in newspapers over their pajamas. She had grabbed her daughter and fled from her abusive husband. The one truly good thing I have done.

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  2. Two caveats: after the frozen solid one I did last time, I had to show a glimmer of light; and you see it was only divine intervention that drew the rescue van to the family on the brink of death. Too many never hear the crunch of tires 😦


  3. Wow, another strong, but tender message; no frilly–jelly-filled sing-song Hallmark poems for us. Sadly, the state of the world, and America imprints itself over the top of Norman Rockwell sentiments.

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  4. I like the way the layout – short lines and lots of space between them – conveys the shivering and the feeling of despair and the scene is set so well without too much detail, Jade. As Toni said, it reminds me of The Little Match Girl, but with a happier ending. The real spirit of Christmas is at homeless shelters.

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  5. Actually it’s the chicken and the egg for miracles and belief, not sure which came first 😉 But I’ve seen and experienced them. They aren’t so dramatic as a person throwing away their crutches and walking but they are miracles nonetheless.


  6. I suppose my take on it is that if you expect there to be an explanation for everything, when something happens that doesn’t have a logical explanation you could say, that’s a miracle. On the other hand you could be like me and say, I don’t expect to have the explanation for everything. Either way, it’s a cause for celebration 🙂

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  7. YES. I remember going to Cedar Point with my kids years ago. We stayed at a hotel on the main strip of hotels just outside of the place. We ended up having to drive around the block for some reason. Just behind that fancy strip of hotels were some very sad looking homes. There’s a movie, “The Florida Project” that came out a year or two that speaks to the phenomenon. Too much hoarded wealth in the hands of too few.


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