“Blue December” – A Poem


Yesterday I noted that a local church was holding a “Blue December Service.” I also know people that struggle with December annually. So I wrote this little poem with those in mind for whom the holiday season tends more toward being a “Blue December” than a “White Christmas.”

Blue December

December still

abiding to fill

this lonely heart

yet broke apart


Minutes to years

memories to tears

December’s rain

returns again


Absent the touch

needed so much

night’s covering proud

sighs for a shroud


Long moment’s pain

glory-weight to gain

words without sense

faith’s recompense


Surety so frail

hid past the veil

evidence unseen

faith fallen lean


A Son forsaken

Rachael in weeping

spirit will yield

removed the shield


Ended the strife

Father of life

blue of December

Easter remember


Giver of breath

Love stronger than death

joy will yet fill

this December still


December blue

green as the yew

December cruel

will become new

Written December 16. 2013 by Bryan M. Christman

Original Content © Bryan M. Christman and Manifest Propensity, 2013. Excerpts, links, and reblogging may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan M. Christman and Manifest Propensity with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


2 thoughts on ““Blue December” – A Poem

  1. For those interested, here are the main Biblical allusions interacted with in the poem, basically listed in their order of usage: Isaiah 25:7; Second Corinthians 4:17-18; Hebrews 6:19; Hebrews 11:1; Matthew 27:45-46; Matthew 2:17-18; Genesis 2:7; Song of Songs 6:6-7; Hebrews 12:2; Second Corinthians 5:17

  2. Something from wikipedia that explains my reference to the “yew”:

    “The yew tree can be found near chapels, churches and cemeteries since ancient times as a symbol of the transcendence of death, and is usually found in the main squares of the villages where people celebrated the open councils that served as a way of general assembly to rule the village affairs.

    Door of the Chapel in a Norman yew
    It has been suggested that the enormous sacred evergreen at the Temple at Uppsala was an ancient yew tree.[24][25] The Christian church commonly found it expedient to take over existing pre-Christian sacred sites for churches. It has also been suggested that yews were planted at religious sites as their long life was suggestive of eternity, or because being toxic they were seen as trees of death.” (from wikipedia article “Taxus baccata”.)

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