Poem: “Ever Green”

Ever Green

December twenty-second
Three days before
The Fest.

I sit in coal-black
Waiting for my guest.

My conscience,
I spy the dinge and dirt

The howling wind
And icy sleet
Intensify the hurt.

So out into
The dark,
I trod in sleety snow,

Searching for
The evergreen
Of hope the Christmas glow.

The scent of incense
Stained glass of midnight blue,

Is where the whipping wintry
Has blown me in to view

The altar
Poinsettias, Christmas trees

Red, green
I fall upon my knees.

For in a
Shadowed corner
Quite private there’s a door

Above a light.
Glows ever green…
Of hope, “Go sin no more!”

Hilary Flanery

Hilary McRee Flanery studied Theatre Arts in college at Webster University in St. Louis Missouri, USA. She has been in numerous theatre productions over the last 20 years but her real claims to fame have been "Opening Nights" in leading roles on delivery tables throughout the US Midwest where she has performed and produced ten children.

"Raising a large family and writing means that I set up strict priorities. I start each day with a prayer that has been in my family since God was a boy - 'Come Holy Ghost...give me the faith of your Saints, the courage of your martyrs, and the money and success of your athiests.'"

Hilary and her husband, Randy, have been hapily married for 30 years and are certifiably insane. They know this to be a fact since Randy is a Clinical Psychologist.

The Flanerys reside in St. Louis, Missouri with their 10 children, termites and a large bottle of wine. She blogs at www.hilaryflanery.blogspot.com.