My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.

It’s Not All Ho Ho Ho and Good Cheer




A magical time for many people.

But for so many others.

It’s not about the ho ho ho and good cheer.

The holidays bring to mind the good times and memories, from years past.

But often, these are tinged by the sadness of loss and longing.

To relive the days of laughter and fun.

With family and friends close by.

Basking in the warmth that can only come from within.

It’s about the homeless and hungry.

The neighbour, struggling with their first year of being alone without a beloved spouse.

The disabled, in all the forms that constant burden can take.

Someone spending their holidays in bedside prayer.

Those who have lost hope, for whatever reason.

The unseen scars, not apparent at first glance.

Bottled up frustrations, fears and disappointments.

The wasted years, the regrets and wrong turns.

The things that won’t be changed, now.

The eyes speak volumes.

They can often tell us so much more than a smile on someone’s face.

Not a smile from the heart.

But there because it’s required and expected.

To “suck it up”.

To be strong.

To just, carry on.

But the pain is no less real.

So much need.

Give a hug, say a kind word, smile at a stranger.

Find a way to really help, this year.

To make a miracle happen.

For someone who needs one.

And who may have given up, on believing.

It might be small.

It might not be recognized or tallied, by some organization’s:

stats, quotas or newspaper photos.

But it will be tallied, all the same.


Photo courtesy of Flickr

Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: -The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my fun and inspirational book, all about aging well: -Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well I am also the author of: -The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker -Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance) -Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: -Haiku Reflections:The Four Seasons (Volume i and II) and -My Poetic Path All titles available at, .ca, UK.... When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! I hope you will visit and enjoy all of my blogs.Thanks for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste! :-) You can also visit me at my new author's site:

13 thoughts on “It’s Not All Ho Ho Ho and Good Cheer

  1. Beautiful and heartfelt, Geraldine. It’s a bittersweet season.

  2. I too think there is so much want and need–beautifully said

  3. Thanks for the tender reminder that this time of year can be heartbreaking for many.

  4. Geraldine, my friend, thank you for sharing this because you’re right, this can be a bittersweet time for many.

    “It might be small.
    It might not be recognized or tallied, by some organization’s:
    stats, quotas or newspaper photos.
    But it will be tallied, all the same.”

    Brava! Beautifully said!

    And thank you for the reminder!


  5. This is wonderfully expressed. There is more than what we see, what meets the eye, this time of year. A lot of people are in pain, in many different ways. A kind gesture can make a big difference.

  6. The perfect term Kim, it is a bittersweet time.

    Thanks Audrey. I felt the need to write down these thoughts today. I hope they resonate with many readers.

    So true Carol, so true. Nice to see you here again.

    Thanks for your kind words Ron.

    Yes, so much beyond what we actually can see, can be happening in a person’s life. So true Joe.

    Hugs to all, G

  7. So sweet and true. I lost my husband last year in Nov. I am told things will get better but I feel the loss.

  8. They certainly resonated with me, Geraldine. All too often lately I fear for the future … but it does remind me that others fear it now. Thanks you for this perfect reminder.

  9. So very true you’ve caught the magic of Christmas, some are so happy, others are so hungry for a touch, a look, a gesture you are there I see you, I smile you are not alone and don’t for a second that the rich happy people are so happy Christmas is hard because it touches the very heart of Love, rich, middle-class, poor, living in the streets , Love is so big and the heart is bigger than any pain, so i agree with you G. Take a minute, look all around you, and smile and really look and see…

  10. Geraldine, this is so true, we all get caught up in Christmas, and forget that there are many for whom the season isn’t full of joy. Thanks so much for reminding us that we need to think beyond our own circles.


  11. yes, yes…. it is good to look out and beyond from where we are…and you spoke so clearly and poetically…. shall we remember and not forget those that are left behind and in need… possibly someone sitting right next to us…. merriest of Christmas….

  12. Rose, I’m so sorry to read this. Grief takes its own time. You will always feel the loss of your husband but hopefully the pain will lessen as time goes by. Sending lots of hugs to you.

    Lorraine, that’s so true. It’s not necessarily about having more $$ and things. Some of the saddest people seem to be the richest ones too. The heart is bigger than any pain….oh my dear, what a lovely way to put this.

    I don’t do well myself this time of year; it’s an especially difficult time for me. Trying to cope with a lot of long-term issues that still color the days. But I haven’t given up on things getting better. Or miracles either. Thanks for expressing your thoughts on this, so beautifully. Your comment touched my heart.

    It’s something that can get lost this time of year, that’s for sure Jen.

    Yes, Ms. Pie…someone sitting right next to us, standing in a line at a store. We have the power to change someone’s day for the better, even in small gestures and acts of kindness. I try to do at least one “good deed for the day” every day and I’ve been told so many times, that I’ve helped a lot more than I realized at the time. It certainly makes my day too. 🙂

    Hugs to All, G

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