Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday Countdown

The countdown to our family's Christmas holiday started last weekend when we planned our trip. While the route from Long Island to Northern Virginia is not easy lately, it is one I anxiously await. 


After arriving in Reston, I started the countdown to Christmas with my 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter.  I woke early on  Christmas morning to find a glorious sight.

sunrise slipped through
winter trees, breaking silence-
earth bowed its head
©CV, 2019

Santa arrived a little later in his usual fashion, full of Christmas spirit.

jolly ho-ho-ho 
bells ringing, door clanking-
wide-eyed child listens
©CV, 2019


Now after the Christmas holiday, I begin two new countdowns: one to the new decade and the other to the birth of a January granddaughter. What could be better than ringing in the new year with a new addition to our family?  

winter joy, wonder
and hope fills frosted air-
new life cometh
©CV, 2019

There is one last countdown. As we travel back to Long Island, we are tired and feel cramped in our overpacked car. We long for the last stretch home but the trip seems endless. I decide to write a Fib, a poem created by Gregory K. Pincus using a Fibonacci sequence. The number of syllables in the following six-line poem is the sum of the previous two lines:  1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8.

Holiday Angst
Red
lights,
inching
like a slug,
hug holiday roads
filled with sore, worn-out travelers.
©CV, 2019
🎄

It’s Poetry Friday and finally arrived home after a long, tedious trip. There were some bright spots along the way, time to write and the opportunity to visit Michelle Kogan's site since she is the host of the final Poetry Friday roundup of the decade and an avid spokesperson on the environment and social justice issues.  



While my Poetry Friday sign shows snowflakes, I found no snow upon arrival. That is a plus when driving. Have a Happy New Year and a wonderful start to a new decade!

57 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas and much to look forward to in the new year!

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    1. That is the truth, Mary Lee. 2019 is soon to drift away into a 2020 joyful journey. Thank you for faithfully commenting on Poetry Friday posts.

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  2. Oh, my goodness...what a great topic for a fib poem. Traffic is very much a part of life of coming into and leaving No.Va. It's what leads so many of us to leave this beautiful area...leaving it to younger career folks who need to be here. I'm just delighted for the joys you are meeting in 2020. I know that not only will they be precious parts of you, but you will put the best bits of them into writing. Happy New Year!

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    1. Every time I come to Northern Virginia I think of you, Linda, but there never seems time to give you a call. We are now exploring different times of day and night to make the trip more bearable. This time on the return we hit Washington, Baltimore, Delaware, and New York City traffic going to Long Island. I never tried a Fib poem before but will in the future. It is a fun form. Maybe 2020 will be my year to meet up with you. Happy Holidays.

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    2. Linda, it was great to have a conversation with you this afternoon. Hope to see you in Virginia this coming year when I travel there.

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  3. Thanks for your robust poetry-filled post Carol, your driving travails have turned into tastey treats! YOur granddaughter here is lovely, and many congratulations on the new one coming up–how exciting. Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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    1. Michelle, while driving home may have been a tedious event yesterday, it did provide me with a diversion and opportunity to write this post. Thank you for your good wishes and sweet comment on Sierra. Have a great weekend.

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  4. I love the way you structured this post with your countdown theme. We spend a lot of time anticipating, don't we?! I'm so glad you were able to make lemonade from lemons and turn the traffic nightmares into poetry. I once spent a traffic-logged trip with my husband and daughter writing an expletive-studded abcedarian poem about what drivers might be thinking, saying in the midst of the gridlock and bad driving manners. lol This year, we debated about driving down to Philly to see our daughter but opted to fly her up to Maine instead, mostly because of the east coast traffic issues. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead. I can't wait to read the posts and poetry inspired by your newest grandchild.

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    1. Molly, your comment was so full with ideas. Thank you so much. Traffic jams are so annoying but there is no other option than staying calm. Of course, I was not driving. My pharmacist told me that the route from Long Island to Boston is not as bad but traffic around here depends on so many things-accidents are usually the biggest culprit. Thanks for the good wishes, Molly.

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  5. Oh, so much to anticipate going forward! We'll be on baby-watch along with you and waiting for the announcement of new granddaughter's arrival.
    Traffic is never fun, but you made the best of it with your Fibonnaci poem. Cheers to a new year filled with reading, writing, and grandma adventures!

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    1. Ramona, thanks for stopping by. I have been hanging around the house trying to get back in sync. Long car rides always take a lot out of us. Heating pad seems to be a help. Sierra moved into her big girl bedroom and I think I am going to write my Tuesday slice on that stage of her life. Have a great Sunday.

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  6. What lovely haiku. And so many wonderful holiday memories and things to look forward to. How wonderful to end the year with haiku for hope. And your Fibonacci poem captures that feeling of inching down the highway when you really just want to be home. Glad you made it back! Happy New Year!

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    1. Susan, we are still feeling the effects of the long drive but I am grateful that I am home safe. Happy New Year to you. Getting my 2020 #oneword ready to write my blog.

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