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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: It’s Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)

TITLE: Christmas 1974(My First Australian Christmas)
By vincent lyons
11/28/08


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“Goodbye Mum, goodbye Dad,” we said through floods of tears,
“We will be back, please God in just a few short years”---
The great jet engines roar---we lift into the blue---
“Farewell misty Ireland, ‘till we return to you.”

Like many went before, we venture far from home,
Bound for new horizons across the ocean’s foam---
Now---just the two of us and baby, four months old---
We’ve cut so many ties---what does the future hold?

We arrive in Sydney ‘round midday Christmas Eve---
Blasts of hot air hit us---why did we ever leave? ---
Move to a tiny flat---mosquitoes, bugs and flies---
We’ve no return tickets---my wife sits down and cries.

We collapse exhausted and sleep the hours away---
Christmas Eve passes by---Oh no! It’s Christmas Day!
What a lonesome Christmas!!---no gifts, no lights, no tree!
But we had each other---my wife, my child and me!


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Helen Murray12/04/08
It's great to remember, and share the family history. Thsi is part of the next generation knowing who they are. Lovely poem.
Linda Wright12/05/08
This sounds like a sad and lonely beginning in a new land made harder by the fact it was Christmas. But thanks be to God that many sad beginnings end well and beautifully by His design!! It is good sometimes to look back and see how God brings us through difficult changes. It can be a faith builder. Saying "Farewell" to misty Ireland and family had to be hard. I like this poem very much! It says a lot in just a few stanzas.
Fiona Dorothy Stevenson12/06/08
Love your poem, V. J. has my heart - I know just how she felt. God bless you both.
Karlene Jacobsen 12/08/08
It is so very difficult to say good-bye any time of the year, but must be heart-wrenching during Christmas; a time when our lives are so full of family, friends, and such.
Pamela Kliewer12/08/08
Heart-wrenching - I'm so glad you had each other. Well done.