Stewart Acuff

Dec 7

Christmastime at the Beach

Written by Stewart Acuff

Gray, green waves rolling steadily into

The sandy beach punctuated with rocks

The sun and clouds play a child’s games

Of peek-a-boo and hide-n-seek

While the wind cold and steady makes

The fire a natural blessing of warmth, light.

Its Christmastime in Monterey and

Everywhere. Somehow the heart is lighter.

Children and loved ones become central

Again just as they should be every season

And every day. We rediscover love in

The deepest places of our hearts and souls

How could we not?

We celebrate the birth of Jesus, the holy

Carpenter from Nazareth and Hanukkah just

As He did. We celebrate Kwanzaa and the

Building of True Community acknowledging

The Winter Solstice, the beauty of the earth

And the peace she holds through all her

Seasons. And love is raised up.

© Creative Commons Copyright 2012


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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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1 Comment

  1. George

    December 7, 2012


    That is a beautiful poem. It’s everything said that holidays should have us become. More humane to each other, grander in our appreciation.

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