December 25, 2009


Christmas Greetings



mixed media artwork by Dan Hardison





December 19, 2009


The Star's Song



Flower – Flower, why repine?

God knows each creature's place;

He hides within me when I shine,

And your leaves hide His face.

And you are near as I to Him,

And you reveal as much

Of that eternal soundless hymn

Man's words may never touch.

God sings to man through all my rays

That wreathe the brow of night,

And walks with me thro' all my ways –

The everlasting light.

Flower – Flower, why repine?

He chose on lowly earth,

And not in heaven where I shine,

His Bethlehem and birth.

Flower – Flower, I see Him pass

Each hour of night and day,

Down to an altar and a Mass

Go thou! and fade away.

Fade away upon His shrine!

Thy light is brighter far

Than all the light wherewith I shine

In heaven, as a star.


Abram J. Ryan


Digitally Enhanced Photo
by Dan Hardison


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December 11, 2009


The Christmas Card



It seems the decorations
go up earlier each year –
gaudier than ever.
And the madhouse they call
seasonal shopping –
is it really worth it?
Somewhere among
the hustle and bustle,
the fake greenery,
the electronic greetings,
the materialism of getting
rather than giving,
I fear the spirit of Christmas
is being lost.
So nice to receive
a card of paper
with a simple message
of good cheer.

— Dan Hardison


Image: Christmas postcard
(Used - postmark 1913)
Message on back:
“Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a bright and Happy New Year.”


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December 4, 2009


As Day Becomes Night




Haiku and image by Dan Hardison
Photo: Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina



Haiga appeared in Simply Haiku, Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3.