'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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December 21, 2013

A reader, awaiting Christmas



When everyone had gone
I sat in the library
With the small silent tree,
She and I alone.
How softly she shone! 
And for the first time then
For the first time this year,
I felt reborn again,
I knew love's presence near.

from 'Christmas Light,' by May Sarton


{Stars found on Etsy.}

5 comments:

Lisa said...

That's so lovely, Audrey - thank you for sharing it, and an early Merry Christmas!

fleurfisher said...

Thank you Audrey, that is lovely.

Bellezza said...

I love the peace of this poem, and the way that I can relate to quiet...alone..."the small silent tree". Sometimes it feels like there's too much Christmas (expectations? decorations? noise?) when I far prefer the peaceful aspect, the humbleness of a manger and the solitude of the star.

Love your ornaments adorning this post, too. xo

JoAnn said...

Beautiful - both poem and image!

michelle said...

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, with just the right amount of 'quiet solitude'. :)

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