Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Poems of the Day

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Poems of the Day

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Christmas THE fragrance of cinnamon fills the air, It's that special Christmas time of year.

Town centres, hung high with sparkling lights, Brightening the cold and frosty nights.

Hectic, the people rush everywhere, But at Fenwick's window they have time to stop and stare. List of last-minute shopping in their hand, Perfume, clothes, food and a CD from some new band.

Carols on the radio, being sung by the spouse, Decorations all around the house.

Seasonal films on TV, Angel perched precariously on top of the tree.

Children, shy of Santa, nervously excited, laughing, Each one whispering their wish, the others gaffing.

The elves, the reindeer, all this enthralls, As choirs sing, Twelve Days, Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls Personally, I get a lump in my throat, At the special peace that Christmas Day emotes. Why is this tranquil, loving feeling, "Seasonal" and not our daily normal dealing? Everyone knows someone in need, Not sure where to get their child's next feed.

Show a little charity to some old person sitting alone, More rewarding to yourself than a fluffy case for your phone. A thought for those not at home, some far away, Through choice, or not, on Christmas Day.

Families apart, even though close at hand, I wish seasonal greetings, no matter what your land.

No presents from me under your tree, Only words for these are free. I wish all, big and small, A merry Christmas to one and all JEFF NEWTON, Stanley The Time of Year THIS season Just stop and think Take a sharp intake of breath Let the mania of the holidays float Over your head Remember the first time you Saw and felt Christmas? We all have to get through it In our own way, fortunate or unfortunate Be kind The wry smile will come A peaceful Christmas to everyone PAT MIDDLEMISS, Benton Guide Dogs team changed my life MY name is Mike. I lost my sight in December 2011, which affected me in a lot of ways. My main worry was not getting out and doing the things I used to do, like not being able to drive and go out when I wanted and where I wanted. I felt isolated and my confidence was non-existent.

The Guide Dogs team first supported me with the My Guide sighted guide service in April 2012. …

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