A visit to your holiday porch….

Stopping by with the handwritten card
that I dream to leave beside your door
with a fragrant little bundle of rosemary, eucalyptus and pine
wrapped in barn red raffia
and maybe some good chocolate and a small tin of tea.
I’d have smiled affectionate as I penned your name
on envelope, giddy that I got to even know you at all.

Love and merriness, it would say,
with big hope that these coming days find you replenished
and refreshed
in all the ways.
And I’d wrap each one in prayer
that the hard, dry shells of tough times
and circumstances
would yield soft to newborn green breaking through
like the strange crackling tenderness of the amaryllis bulbs
drawing my eyes daily to the table
where sunshine coaxes beauty from the dark.

(It’s terrible and wonderful how pain
can stir our roots to deep diving
into new pages
that waited
buried in the breaking
all along.)

Then I’d climb down off your porch,
headed home to rest,
and quickly turn around
to blow a kiss
as I head back to my own place.
Because your spirit is an essence
that turns my heart to look again,
as if a light is sparkling merry through the dark.
Even when I don’t come around here as often
or see you over there doing the wonders that you do,
I feel you and am richer for the sensing.

I remember the you in your places
and I hold that close with love and joy.

A tender merry Christmas and beautiful holiday,
dear one.
May you release like papers to the fire
the heaviness of these long, worn months

“The stars nodded,
The ocean agreed,
The flowers chorused,
Bloom now – bloom free!

Rise,  again.”

– Tess Guinery

(And congrats to Lisa Moreland – I drew your name!
Shoot me your snail mail address and I’ll send a copy of my visual hug
to you asap! )


  1. Elephants Child on December 17, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Heartfelt and beautiful. As always.
    Be well dear soul.

    • jennifer on December 18, 2021 at 9:28 am

      thanks for the holiday visit, Sue:)
      I love it when you drop by.
      For you,

  2. Rebecca on December 18, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Thank you so much for this beautiful and comforting hug of words. You always deliver the message I need at the moment I need it…and sometimes before I even realize what I need. With love and merriness back to you–and prayers for rest that is truly restorative.

    • jennifer on December 18, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for the hug back:)
      I’m so glad to see you over here – thanks for stopping by.
      It means the world.
      For you,

  3. Kathy on December 18, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Beautiful, Jennifer. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you! ❤️

  4. Susan on December 18, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    I know with all my heart that would be the very best Christmas present ever, to find you standing, smiling on my front porch and we could share a hug and a laugh and be so happy to find ourselves there together.
    Bright holiday blessings, dear friend, to you & yours,
    always xoxo

  5. jeanie on December 23, 2021 at 7:01 am

    This is, indeed, the most beautiful of Christmas greetings. And it is returned to you with love and hope and joy for all the days to come in the new year, knowing that the last was hard fought but also brought with it some joys and much beauty. Merriest of Christmases to you! And a joyful new year.

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