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The Gift of Christmas
Randy Cadenhead


It was the widow’s Mite
       a child’s crayon card
and not the Magi’s gifts
       a visit from a friend
he found to be worth his telling.  
The greater meaning
       a gift to charity
from a simple heart
       given in my name
 the richer for being poor.

I searched for the meaning
       a tree-borne star
of Christmas, and found it
       eight lasting lights
in the good will of a Samaritan.

There is harmony
       a simple carol
in silent winter nights
       the candles’ warmth
spent sharing simple dreams.

Peace on Earth comes
       shared warmth in life’s cold
from the simplest of gifts
       hope’s hand in the dark
and goodwill offered to all.

This is my song
       my gift to you
no heavenly host
       just a wish you may find
your own dream to share.

© by Randy Cadenhead.
Used with the author’s permission.



Randy Cadenhead is the author of a number of books of poetry and prose, most recently At Sea, about life on the water, and A Christmas Carol Refrain, which explores the later life of Ebenezer Scrooge. Although he teaches at Emory Law School, you are more likely to find Randy sailing somewhere in search of the perfect sunset. Randy lives in Decatur, Georgia; learn more about him at







Post New Comment:
Just beautiful.
Posted 12/15/2023 10:48 AM
Wonderful, warm wordswise and comforting. Thank you, Randy!
Posted 12/14/2023 06:10 AM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful message.
Posted 12/12/2023 01:58 PM
Signe Schaefer:
Three poems in one. What a gift! Thank you.
Posted 12/12/2023 01:54 PM
A beautiful and meaningful message for the holidays written so well
Posted 12/12/2023 01:36 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
Love the kindness and wisdom shining its light throughout your poem, Randi, and I particularly feel the open heart of it in Stanza 5.
Posted 12/12/2023 11:51 AM
Wow...that's peacefully beautiful.
Posted 12/12/2023 11:14 AM
Very evocative of the spirit of the season. Thank you.
Posted 12/12/2023 07:11 AM

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