This Poem was Submitted By: Mell W. Morris On Date: 2003-12-21 17:14:02 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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Christmas in Texas

Christmas here is never white but many folks sing "Silent Night" to honor Him born in a stall as that's the Texas way, y'all. Wenceslausan we don't speak but know the way to Polecat Creek. We carol and you hear our drawl for that's the Texas way, y'all. The twenty-fifth always brings heat while mistletoe grows on mesquite. Stand 'neath the tree, bird kisses fall for that's the Texas way, y'all. Native sons are largely ki-yund and like to boast 'bout Nolan Ryan. So ring the bells, deck the hall, and have a merry Christmas, y'all.

Copyright © December 2003 Mell W. Morris

Additional Notes:
To wish all members of TPL a blessed and peaceful season. No critiques necessary.

This Poem was Critiqued By: Jordan Brendez Bandojo On Date: 2004-01-02 23:41:16
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
What a wonderful Christmas you have in Texas, Mell! Your poem reverberates like a carol, "for that's the Texas way, y'all"...I enjoyed this very much with the perfect rhyming applied. I read it aloud and emphasized the rhyming. It's pleasing to the ear. I think, this is my first time to see you rocking with rhyme! You rock, Mell! SMILE! In our province, we also rock of course! Though, it was not fraught with glittering fireworks, still we share the spirit of Christmas, feeling the essence of The Silent Night! It is nice of you to share with us your Christmas in Texas. Thank you! Happy New Year once again! Jordan

This Poem was Critiqued By: marilyn terwilleger On Date: 2003-12-28 16:21:43
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.68750
Hi Mell, Just wanted you to know I found this little gem and find it very charming. I rarely read a rhyming poem from you and I know you prefer free verse but this is so clever that I think you may want to dabble a bit in rhyme! The first three stanzas ending in "thats the Texas way y'all" is perfect for this Christmas wish...makes the whole piece light and full of fun. Then the last stanza imparts your message "have a merry Christmas y'all. Very clever throughout and well written, as usual!! Be well and I hope you did have a Merry Christmas...I forgot to wish you that when we spoke...I know you will forgive me as I am getting on in years! Blessings...Marilyn
This Poem was Critiqued By: Sherri L Smith On Date: 2003-12-27 11:58:19
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.54545
Dear Mell, Of course I had to comment on this poem. It reminds me of my son in law who is from Texas and speaks with that southern drawl. He has told some of his traditions and one of them that he has shared with us is stuffed jalpenos! A little too hot for my taste butI have been assured that they are delicious. I hope your Christmas was all that you hoped for and you have the best New Year yet! With good health in abundance! Thanks for sharing. Love, Sherri
This Poem was Critiqued By: Rick Barnes On Date: 2003-12-26 16:30:03
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Mell, This was pure fun, and that's the Texas way, Y'All! Rick
This Poem was Critiqued By: Jennifer j Hill On Date: 2003-12-23 16:05:16
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.91667
Oh Mell, I can hear your Texas drawl reciting this poem and it makes me chuckle to think of it. This is a charming Christmas poem/song and I could not let it go by without ackonwledging that. I'm surprised you didn't work Johnny Cash into this. HEE HEE. He was from Texas, wasn't he? I have a recording of him singing The little Drummer Boy. We put up with lots of cold weather up here in Missouri, but even this year, with all the snow we've had in December, more than likely we will not have a White Christmas, either. Thanks for the Christmas wishes and heres s'more right back atcha! Have a Blessed Christmas, Jennifer
This Poem was Critiqued By: madge B zaiko On Date: 2003-12-23 00:30:22
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.40909
How fun! I can almost hear the fiddle in the background of this one... A little music, a little moonshine, and a very merry christmas! It makes me want to slap my knee. Thank you for sharing!!! Blessings -Madge
This Poem was Critiqued By: Turner Lee Williams On Date: 2003-12-22 13:43:16
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.81818
Mell--This is not a critigue so don't go there-smile. The standing joke here in Arizona is that our largest Xmas tree is a catus--well it's not a joke, because it's the truth! Your quatrains are saturated with Texas indigenousness: Superb descriptors/colloquialisms/ accents (I could almost hear conversations along the boardwalks in San Antonio-smile). Your "sound" philosophy is still intact: Cute and effective true rhymes produces nice ebb and flow rhythmic tones throughout (good effort extended to use rhymes which aren't contrived). Anyhow-your piece is quite seasonal, really funny, and still carry's the message. Thanks for the chuckles. TLW
This Poem was Critiqued By: Claire H. Currier On Date: 2003-12-22 06:55:39
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.76316
Of course it is necessary for this is superb.....a catchy one that SINGS as you go niece and her family live in Houston, my nephew in Katy, I know the snow does not always fall but perahps I shall send you some this Christmas Eve........This is so delightful my friend, great structure, holds and brings you on the ride of a lifetime......enjoy the holiday yourself......may the Lord continue to bless you and yours this Holy Season with His gifts......God Bless and be safe, Claire
This Poem was Critiqued By: Joanne Duval Morgan On Date: 2003-12-21 21:38:00
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Greetings from Texas are as cute as they can be, expect to see the musical score planted under my tree, now maybe the heat, and misatoe grow wild that's sure, what diff I say we all in the score, y'all are funny to honor Him so, and a big smile must have crossed his lips tis so. Hawaii, California, where Palm trees sway, were warm and difficult that first Christmas Day, when being raised in snow, and frigid cold, the sounds of Carolers still ring in this ole soul, so no diff you see, we're are from the same Family Tree. Thanks Mell, you hit my funny bone, it's cute, but I didn't the undertone of how Christmas is for Christ, so once again with a quick ditty you entertain, and make each individual feel special. A Bless and comfortable Christmas Friend girl, please keep me posted about developments I think of you always. A companion in caring Mell, who enjoys the communication with my Texas friend, drawl and all...Heh Heh, you mase my night, feel a hundred percent better, of course I'm sitting down, the test comes when standing upright and trying to walk any distance at all. It's been five weeks with the shoulder, and each day it gets easier and easier, and the pain and discomfort is managable. Don't worry I'm fine. I was tickled yesterday Debbie Spicer sent me a card that she made and included the most recent picture of herself, after her stomach by-pass, I was seeing one vert attactive, and slim 50? year old, that alone made my Christmas spirit scvore. Unbelievable I'm so proud of her, she's fought her deoms and the sunlight is flooding her with a splender of brightness. Just felt I had to tell someone, but my Gosh what a difference. Now my Friend, keep me posted, I'm solidly in your corner, and if there is anything I can do please let me know, I'dgladly come to Texas to get away from this cold temp, and if it snows, well initially it's beautiful until the frist car tire hits it, or a wayward Dawg, happens to think it's his potty room, ha ha. Get well, PLEASE. Love Ya, Jo
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