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A Christmas Jig
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Liz Rhodebeck


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O, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, thyme,
A season of joy, of song and of rhyme!
Families are gathered, our friends ring the bell,
Schedules are hectic, as calendars tell.
I'm stuffed to the gills with cookies and treats,
Shopping's a chore ? oh, my poor aching feet!

O, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, thyme,
A season of joy, of song and of rhyme!

Cooking and cleaning and stringing up lights,
Boxing and wrapping till late in the night;
For children and nephews ? don't let me forget,
I haven't bought gifts for my own husband yet!

O, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, thyme,
A season of joy, of song and of rhyme!

There's parties and carols, a turkey to bake,
Some dancing and gaming and skating on lakes;
A snowfall, a snowball, and scraping the walks,
Hot cider and teacups at fireside talks.

O, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, thyme,
A season of joy, of song and of rhyme!

Each year I claim I'll cut back on the chores,
But when the time comes, I do even more;
Dreaming of days yet, when yesterday's past,
And then I'll bemoan how time goes too fast!

O, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, thyme,
A season of joy, of song and of rhyme!

by Liz Rhodebeck.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Liz Rhodebeck -whose new chapbook, Here the Water is Deep, is just out—is a freelance journalist and poet from Pewaukee, Wisconsin.A lover of the arts, she is a member of the Pewaukee Area Arts Council and has been co-editor of a community ekphrastic project. Liz is a founding member of the faith-based group Grace River Poets, and is especially fond of bagpipe music. Visit her website atwww.waterwriter.com.


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Glenda Beall:
What a delightful poem for this time of year. I love the smells of the spices used at Christmas. The sounds and rhythms of this poem are great for children to memorize. Thanks for giving us this today.
Posted 12/17/2013 12:18 PM
Dorcas:
All the spices I like put into a poem.
Posted 12/17/2013 09:30 AM
pnbmalone:
What a fun poem! Will read it to my grandchildren and let them smell the scents for added texture.
Posted 12/16/2013 07:53 PM
Jo:
Ah Liz! Perfect dance rhythm. Good to see you here.Am delighting in your poem.
Posted 12/16/2013 10:37 AM
Buckner14:
Absolutely delightful. I kept setting these dancing rhythms to music!
Posted 12/16/2013 08:42 AM
rcstewart3:
Thank you...you capture the whole of the holiday frenzy. I especially enjoy the refrain.
Posted 12/16/2013 08:26 AM
Marilyn L Taylor:
Delightful, Liz!
Posted 12/16/2013 08:16 AM
Wilda Morris:
A jolly poem for the season!
Posted 12/16/2013 08:09 AM
paula:
The aromas of the season-part of the rhythm of the days.
Posted 12/16/2013 07:50 AM
Gary Busha:
It's good to see your work.
Posted 12/16/2013 06:12 AM
vscholtz:
What a merry time. I love that you haven't bought gifts for your "own husband yet" You capture the joy. Thanks
Posted 12/16/2013 05:37 AM


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