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Christmas From the Porch

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

Snowman: Image by Vincent Ciro from Pixabay

Snowman: Image by Vincent Ciro from Pixabay

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Better New Year

Welcome to the porch. By the time I publish this Christmas Day will have passed and it should be Boxing Day in most places. I know this holiday season has been a different one for many due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we need to celebrate the best we can.

Normally, I write the poems on the porch in the order I receive them or at least try to. This time I had to combine four related prompts and try to publish them together before the Christmas season is over. I have also written just one poem that covers the four separate requests. I hope Liz, Ann, Denise, and Chitrangada feel that I covered all their requests adequately.

Poems From the Porch will continue next year, so until then enjoy your holidays and please stay safe.

How about a poem about what a COVID-safe Christmas might look like?

— Liz Westwood

My husband and I have decided not to go be with the grandkids this year only because of the pandemic. Have you a poem about the sadness of not being able to get to hug our loved ones at a time like this?

— Denise McGill

How about an upbeat, optimistic poem about lockdown Christmas? Now there's a challenge!

— Ann Carr

I should have suggested the topic of, ‘Thanksgiving/ Gratitude’ earlier, so that you could have included a poem in this episode. Anyway, consider this as a suggestion for one of your future episodes. We can always be thankful for many reasons.

— Chitrangada Sharan

Image by Ирина Безмен from Pixabay

Image by Ирина Безмен from Pixabay

A Covid-Safe Christmas

Deck the halls with bells and holly,

This year has not been quite as jolly.

Lock-downs here, restrictions there

So the COVID virus we don’t share.

Wear a mask, don’t hug and kiss,

Give the mistletoe a miss.

The elbow-bump is what you do,

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A COVID greeting from me to you.

This is the sad reality,

I ask why such a state must be?

So we don’t raise the alarm,

And keep our loved ones safe from harm.

For what we have we must give thanks,

For food, and health, savings in banks.

For friends and family near and far,

Be grateful we are where we are.

Image by Sa Ka from Pixabay

Image by Sa Ka from Pixabay

Bake the turkey or the ham

For just as many as you can.

Share the gifts beneath the tree

There may be only two or three.

Stay at home, don’t travel far,

Don’t bother fueling up the car.

To see loved ones you can’t be with

FaceTime or Zoom with kin and kith.

With Christmas 2020 done,

We fast approach 2021.

They say a vaccine rollout's near

so let's not waste our time in fear.

Hold your head up, show your style,

Go through this season with a smile.

Look forward to a brand new year,

The defeat of COVID, let’s hear a cheer!

© 2020 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

It is a pity you didn’t see the article before Christmas, Linda, but it isn’t too late. Thank you for reading and let’s hope the vaccines work.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 01, 2021:

I discovered this article after Christmas, but I enjoyed it. I love the optimistic ending. I hope the vaccines are very successful and that COVID-19 disappears or at least becomes uncommon.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 29, 2020:

Thank you, Shreya. What a year! We are well here and I hope you are also. Have a happy New Year.

Shreya Venkat on December 29, 2020:

Lovely write Jodah ! This was a strange year indeed for many of us! Hope you and yours are well!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 28, 2020:

Yes, my holiday is going well thanks. it is unfortunate your relative encountered someone with I guess they have to isolate. Some will continue to take risks.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 28, 2020:

I liked this COVID Christmas poem! Hope your holiday was a good one! I have a relative who insists on traveling and they visited their children. Well, what do you know but one of them came into contact with a COVID positive person? People never think it can happen to them!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 28, 2020:

The year was certainly full of those emotions and it will be one we never forget, Linda. Bring on 2021. Let’s have a great New Year.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 28, 2020:

A push-pull of emotions, joy and sadness, fear and optimism. This has certainly been a year we will remember. Thank you for the Christmas poem and the hope of a better year to come.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 28, 2020:

Yes, it was enjoyable, Shauna. I hope yours was too. Have a great New Year.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 28, 2020:

I hope you had a nice Christmas, John. Let's hope 2021 is a better year than the one we are eagerly leaving behind!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Thank you manatita. I like the challenge you set me. It is one to look forward to writing.

manatita44 from london on December 27, 2020:

Capturing the Spirit, showing the struggle and giving some advice at the same time. Cool!

Here's a poem with a difference. Cover the march to 2021 and 2021 itself, in the way of Love, Beauty, Light. Do not use the everyday words: Avoid, 'Covid', 'vaccines, mask and sanitisations and so forth.

You are allowed to use veiled words, like I do sometimes: struggle, challenges ... but even aviod them also, if you can. Write a futuristic poem, so we feel hope, harmony, Love... there's your challenge. Peace.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Happy New Year to you MG. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Thank you Denise. Glad it was worth the wait. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, elbow bump to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Thank you Peggy. I can’t wait to see what 2021 holds. Bring it on. Happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Good to see you Ruby. Ye, I have no doubt tomorrow will be better. Let’s keep heading towards it. Keep your head up.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Hi Bill, it is optimism that keeps us going forward and looking forward to each new day. That sure beats the alternative. Happy New Year.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 27, 2020:

A Happy new year John, that's a nice poem you have written.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 27, 2020:

Thanks. That was worth the wait. I love the elbow bump and here is one right back at ya. Merry Christmas, my friend.



Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2020:

I enjoyed the upbeat message about finishing our 2020 and looking ahead to a better year in 2021. Cheers to our post-pandemic future! Happy new year, John!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 27, 2020:

I loved your poetry. Each line gave me the encouragement needed to enter the new year with hope and vigor. Keep on writing, we all need to read a better tomorrow is arriving soon.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 27, 2020:

Wonderful as always, my friend. I hope 2021 brings us all a bit of optimism, especially for those who have suffered and struggled in 2020. Keep on doing what you are doing, buddy. It's important!

Happy New Year!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Happy New Year, Ann. I am glad you found this poem optimistic. We have to try and see the good in every situation as you are doing. Chickens have a way of brightening a situation in their own innocent way, and we are blessed to have the Internet and FaceTime.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 27, 2020:

Perfect, John! You started with the cons and then we got the optimism and hope. We're not doing much but I've done FaceTime with the children and friends plus lots of phone calls and emails, so we don't feel isolated. Then there's the chickens and the garden and the house and.... No time to feel down! Howling gale last night so not much sleep either! However, all's well this morning and the chickens are fine too!

Happy New Year to you and your family, John!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 27, 2020:

Thank you Pamela. I am sure we will never give up until we overcome it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 27, 2020:

I think you certainly met the challenge with this poem, John. It is optimistic and I hope we have a much better year in 2021. I hope we defeat the pandemic.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 26, 2020:

Thank you for reading, Lora. I second everything you say, and yes if we all get vaccinated as required we can stay safe from this virus effecting the world.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 26, 2020:

Hello Chitrangada. I am happy you found the poem uplifting and fitting for your request. I wish for all the things you mention for the new year. Stay safe.

Lora Hollings on December 26, 2020:

I love the optimism you express in your poem, John. Yes, I think if we all keep our loved ones safe from harm by not being with them during the holidays but communicate with them through safer ways and we all get vaccinated twice, we can defeat COVID and we can look forward to a very promising New Year. Thanks for your inspiring poem. And a Happy New Year to you and yours too!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 26, 2020:

Excellent, uplifting and relatable poem.

Happy Holidays and I like that you said, a Better New Year.

Yes, we should be thankful for what we have achieved, and how far we have come. Hoping and praying that everyone around the World is free from the tough times due to the pandemic in the year gone by. Although, the virtual meetings etc. have been going on, with our near and dear ones. But, nothing can replace the warm hugs of the loved ones.

Thanks for including my request in this special edition of Poems from the porch.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful poem in the series. Wish you all the best in the coming year.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 26, 2020:

Thank you, Rosina, for being the first to read and for your lovely comment. Your request about 'Virgos' should be in the first edition of Poems From the Porch in 2021.

Rosina S Khan on December 26, 2020:

I really hope COVID-19 can be defeated in the New Year, John. This poem will certainly uplift the spirits of anybody reading it as it has mine. Thank you for this fabulous share.

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