Tuesday, December 23, 2008

new world

24 hours of travel
half a world away
we have found ourselves
both adjusting to a new time
(10 hours behind)
and a new place.
where it's so quiet
the silence rings in my ears.
where there's so few people
i think i may be in a ghost town.
where the only traffic jam
is when two passing cars
stop in the road to chat.
where i've got a dialup connection.
where everyone is so friendly
i'm wondering
what the heck they want from me.
the shock for me
has been poignant enough
i feel as if i almost know
what a brave 15-year-old
named alex
went through some 16 years ago.

but inside
we are cozied warm
enjoying all the things
our home cannot offer us:

that ceramic village
that both milla and i
dream of jumping into,
if only for an evening of tranquil
storybook festivity

a fireplace with stockings
and a nativity to adorn the mantle

and that serene view out the window
of open space
and a fresh blanket of snow.
presents under the tree
and the air of the season wafting. . .

christmas is finally coming. . .


Sue said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

JaneH said...

Jen.... Love reading your blogs.
So glad that you are back home in Preston.... Your Great Aunt Inza (Grandpa's sister) just married a guy from Preston and moved up there. His name is Creed Wheeler, wonder if the Huffman's night know him. If you want to talk with her E-mail me and I will send you the phone #. Have a Merry Christmas, your package will be at Justins.

OnGod'sErrand said...

Sounds perfect! Just like a Currier and Ives Christmas...hope it's joyful. We will miss you, but glad to know you're surrounded by people who love you.

happyfamily said...

Merry Christmas!

Velda said...

Welcome back!

fauxcalpoint said...

Can't wait to see you! Call me!

Amy Asay said...

Wow, that looks amazing. Sounds like it was a dreamy Christmas. I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing. I miss you!