Guest poem sent in by Ajit Narayanan as part of the 'Authors as Poets' theme
(Poem #1369) Christmas Eve
On the window panes the icy frost Leaves feathered patterns, crissed and crossed But in our house the Christmas tree Is decorated festively With tiny dots of colored light That cozy up this winter night. Christmas songs familiar, slow Play softly on the radio. Pops and hisses from the fire Whistle with the bells and choir. Trying now to fall asleep On my back and dreaming deep Tomorrow's what I'm waiting for, But I can wait a little more.
I wish I could scan the full-page comic from which I lifted this poem, and put it up somewhere for all Minstrels people to admire -- it is truly a work of art, with the one big picture of Calvin cuddled up with Hobbes vibing perfectly with this poem, printed in Ye Olde Christmas font. The whole page is a work of inspiration. It is in his book 'Scientific Progress goes Boink', and if you have this book, or can get hold of it, do look up this poem. Bill Watterson's comic accomplishments with Calvin and Hobbes rather overshadow some of the fine writing that goes with the strip. His many poems include the oh-so-classic verses that Hobbes makes Calvin say when he's trying to clamber up to the tree-house; that gem of a poem 'Yukon Ho!' which appears on the frontspiece of the book with the same name; and the poems that Calvin often recites about Hobbes while he's taking a nap (including -- ye Gads -- an alliterative haiku! :) ). [and who can forget that all-time classic, the "very sorry song"? - martin] Information about Watterson's poems can be found here http://home.pacbell.net/bbavetta/watterson.html (some poems, with some background) [broken link] http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/7879/poem.htm (two of the longer poems) http://www.alloftheabove.net/cahr/poems.htm (a much more comprehensive collection) The last site is also a great source of C&H trivia, and has a biography of Watterson as well Ajit