Saturday, December 22

Striking Matches: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Barefoot in the snow with blue and frozen toes,

A match girl strikes a fire to ward away the cold.

And in the sputter of the flame she seems to see

A stove to warm her hands; the comfort of a tree;

A roast to heal her hunger; and arms of empathy.

Friendships begin with faith.
May those close take a leap for you.

Happy Holidays. See you on Dec. 27.


Sweet Tea on 12/22/07, 9:50 AM said...

Absolutely beautiful! Rich, I wish the most perfect holiday season ever for you and your family. Thank you for all the kindness you have shown to others this year. You remain simply remarkable!!

maybei on 12/22/07, 11:27 AM said...

That was lovely Rich. Thank you for being you!!!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Vicki :-)

Teresa Rothaar on 12/23/07, 5:43 PM said...

Beautiful blog! Season's Greetings from our family to yours!

Anonymous said...

A take on the old fable? Very famous where I grew up. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, Rich. Thank you for inspiring and participating.

Rich on 12/24/07, 6:01 PM said...

Thank you all and Merry Christmas. We're tracking Santa via Norad ( at the moment, but I wanted to quickly wish everyone well tonight.

And why yes Valeria, I suspect many people are familiar with The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen. My grandmother read it to me frequently. Its significance to me given away in the pea post. Knowing The Little Match Girl story, which inspired the poem, lends even more to it, I think.

All my best,


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