The festive season commences full throttle,
The joyous laughs, the enchanting cheers,
Children eager for the merriment around,
For Santa’s coming with the gifts abound!
Bagful of toys, handful of sweets,
Spreading smiles in their carefree lives,
When a sudden glimpse on the pavement roadside,
Turn their thoughts to the beautiful eyes!
Beautiful yet sad, perhaps even lonely,
The eyes that shine amidst the pain,
No blanket, no shawls, no sweaters, no blazers,
How does she survive this winter chill!
‘It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep’,
The chilling words of the woman in the street,
Touching hearts of the passers-by,
Yet none stops by to shield her from the bitter cold!
‘Will any of my toys bring her some cheer?’
The thoughts when crossed the child’s mind,
No perhaps, but the tiny steps went,
Towards her as if held by a string- of love, of humanity, of endearment!
Touching her hands, one could feel the chill,
But there was none who would hold her hand,
Comfort her and show her the place,
Steering her through this winter night!
‘All my toys, all my games, worthless today they seem to me,’
When I could offer no shelter no home,
To the shivering souls under the starry roof,
Oh! How inhumane we humans are!
The little gloves on the soft white hands,
The child handed as she tried hard,
To smile back with her twinkling eyes,
‘Thanks’ could not slip out of her shivering lips!
Overwhelmed by the gesture sweet and soft,
Silent tears rolled down her cheeks,
And so did they from the tiny little eyes,
The love, the compassion, the tender emotions mutual!
The angelic eyes then sparkled wide,
The joyous spirit when filled the air,
And the Christmas then was more than ever,
A memorable treat, residing in the hearts forever!
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
The poem ‘The Joy of Christmas’ describes the true spirit of Christmas when the hearts open out to each other and we are more sensitive and empathetic to the people around us and even in other parts of the world. The beauty of Christmas lies in the fact that humans become more humane and share the joys and sorrows of all, irrespective of any boundaries.
Giti Tyagi (b. 1976, Karnal, India) is an Editor, Creative Artist, Author, Poetess and Reviewer from India. She is a former Senior Lecturer from MM University, Ambala, India and an Educational Consultant at Karnal, India. She is the author of the books ‘Priceless Pearls’, ‘Crossroads & Other Stories’ and 'The Ascent Of A New Dawn’. She is the Editor of ‘Beyond Corona: The Silver Lining’ and Translator of ‘Amma Boli’ (Hindi). Giti Tyagi’s poems, stories, articles, book reviews and translations have been published in reputed national and international magazines, journals, ebooks and anthologies, winning hearts of the readers of all age groups. Having won several competitions, she is an extremely popular story writer for children’s magazines. An avid reader, an observer of life and a lover of nature, her writings touch every aspect of life filled with the mellifluous tunes of space and time, the wonders of the beauty of nature, the hidden emotions that rule the human psyche. Her poetry continues to spread the fragrant aroma touching the hearts of the readers far and wide. Giti Tyagi was honoured, in 2019, for her contributions in the literary world.