A Foggy Christmas Eve

On the eve of Christmas,
fog and darkness clotted,
carriage horses plodded,
following disembodied
flares down narrow streets.

On the eve of Christmas,
ancient church bells muttered
as first snowflakes fluttered,
and invisibly stuttered
out the hours in muffled beats.

On the eve of Christmas,
with baubles and overpriced
dolls, drums and sugar mice
bright shop windows enticed
cheerful children with rosy cheeks.

On the eve of Christmas,
around a brazier huddled,
ragged and befuddled,
a group of bedraggled
men and boys with naked feet.

On the eve of Christmas,
deck the halls with holly,
let everyone be jolly,
no need for melancholy
with roast goose and pies to eat.

On the eve of Christmas,
workhouse doors are shut,
only gruel in the pot,
that’s the pauper’s lot,
no figgy pudding or mincemeat.

Kim M. Russell, 2016

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My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver #99: A Dickensian Christmas 22.12.16

 Tale Weaver is brought to us by Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip. I agree with her when she says that Christmas is synonymous with Charles Dickens and his commentary on the contrasts between rich, emerging middle-class and poor are what make his stories, especially A Christmas Carol, so poignant. She has asked us to weave a Dickensian Christmas tale, which can be a modern take on a 19th century theme; another look at Scrooge or other character(s) in the novella; a peek into the lives upstairs/downstairs or in the streets; shop windows and shop girls. As long as the tales we weave have that Dickensian Christmas feel.

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6 thoughts on “A Foggy Christmas Eve

  1. You have woven a perfect fit to the request. I feel the cold and the sugar and spice. Twere it so that Christmas was now not so divided, so much so that Dickens could not recognize.
    Well done, as always.
    Wishing you all the best of this festive season, and a bright and brilliant 2017. May the world become a better place next year for our railing against what it has become.

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