Poetry: The Climb to Christmas



THE CLIMB to Christmas

Years have passed,
and I’ve seen the holiday season
in many forms.

As a young child,
I sensed the growing excitement,
the anticipation
and innocent hope.
Sparkling Christmas lights
were magical
and the air felt…different-
Through time,
my mentality aged.
Years move forward
like speeds of light.

A darkness once shadowed the holiday season
and the air was cold…
The moonlight held sadness…
The stars flickered their confusion-
Looking for a reason to stay bright…

Once the light overcame the shadows,
Wisdom began to branch from my tree of life.
The clouds left my line of vision.
No longer innocent.
But wiser.

As I walk the trail of my roads,
I see the holiday in many forms.
Commercialism sprouts its wickedness,
overshadowing the true meaning
and the real reason for celebration…

I can only hope for a revelation of hope, truth and mercy.
There are believers among the lost crowds..

In the candle-light, we sing hymns of glad tidings
and pray to the baby
we would call our Father.

I have climbed the Christmas ladder,
and know that the steps will
still be shaky along the way.

Every passing season,
More scenes are revealed
as I become more enlightened-
filled with more hope
and less desperation.

Every year, the time marks both a beginning
and an ending.

It brings both hope and a new birth
as we all continue climbing the ladder to Christmas.

-Ariana R. Cherry 2015

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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