Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems

I am excited to announce my new seasonal book, Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems.

A few years ago I experienced a “bun and run” Christmas Eve at that New Hampshire establishment before rushing off to lead a candlelight service. Sitting alone, I watched the young workers and a few other diners filled with anticipation and longing to get where they wanted to be that night. 

This year I looked over my recent work to gather poems for a volume that would eventually include as diverse a “menu” as family and congregational memories, naming the no-room of injustices in our time, a personal journey through Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (long time blog readers have seen some of this chapter), and reflections on the pandemic inspired by Narnia, Silent Night, and the work of Howard Thurman. I decided the criteria for choosing would be the feeling of connection with ordinary lives I had that night with the thick shake, fries and a view into other lives.

Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems is available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook, while some other platforms are still in pre-sale mode for those who don’t mind waiting. For a print book immediately please follow this link here

Beginning tomorrow, November 17, (day 2 of Celtic Advent) and following Tuesdays, I will be reading a poem at 11:00 AM EST using Facetime Live. I will also be publishing a different poem every week on Mondays here, to give you a preview of the book. The rest of my blog week will continue with my more normal posts.

So, my friends, who may need some light-heartedness, this is probably the silliest of my poems, which can, of course, be sung to the familiar tune:

Mask on the red-nosed reindeer

Mask on the red-nosed reindeer,
gloves on the packing elves,
fewer the presents this year –
making happy gifts ourselves.

All of the former christmas’
used to boast of food and toys.
More isn’t always better:
loving doesn’t come with noise.

2020 Christmas Eve
leads us all to say –
“Anyone with heart on right,
guide us to the true starlight.”

Then on a Christmas morning,
wrapped and bowed in simple fun –
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
can be found in anyone.

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