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The Jar of Jelly


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To others’ eyes, it may not look like much;
“It’s just a jar of jelly” some would say,
“Wrapped up in festive ribbons and some seals
To make it look more Christmassy and gay.”
But you for whom it’s meant will find,
I know,
All that is packed within the little jar,
You will translate the label properly
And see just what the contents really are.
“Wild grape—“ you’ll say and suddenly
You’ll not be walking dusty city halls,
But down an autumn-gilded little lane
Between the jeweled vines of old stone walls.
Instead of dingy bricks beyond a court
You’ll see a spruce-green hillside, sharp
And clear,
Sweet fern and bayberry will scent the breeze,
The whirr of partridge wings delight your ear.
It is not much to send, this one small jar,
But you will see that in it, pure and true,
Shimmers the essence of the place we love,
Preserved especially by me, for you.

by Barbara Overton Christie,

1970 Farm Journal Christmas Book

However you may celebrate today, we wish you peace, health and joy!

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Posted by on December 25, 2011 | Permalink  

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  1. 12-25

    Thanks you, CindyP, for that excellent jar of jelly.

  2. 12-25

    Ah, yes. Well said. We DO understand!

    Merry Christmas to each and every one. And may all your jellies set well.

  3. 12-30

    Beautiful poem-thanks for sharing Cindy. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a healthy happy new year!! See you at CITR retreat 2012!! I hope!!

  4. 12-31

    I don’t know how I missed this post. I guess just too busy. Loved the poem..thanks for sharing.

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