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Day 8 - Mistletoe!

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Mistletoe
by
Walter de la Mare

"Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.

Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen - and kissed me there."

This mistletoe was in a garden centre we visited last weekend. I wanted to buy some but it's too early, it would be dead by Christmas and as G pointed out the berries are poisonous and we wouldn't want Blackie eating them, although he's extraordinarily fussy and not likely to suddenly decide to go Vegan! (That's Blackie, not G!)

Today, 8th December is the anniversary of John Lennon's death. So here's a link to Happy Christmas - War is over for you too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN4Uu0OlmTg

Christmas wishes and Gay Boy mistletoe kisses to you all and our obligatory link to the Samaritans just in case it's not "a good one without any tears".

http://www.samaritans.org/

Posted by CandyMan

8th Dec 2011, 00:44   | tags:,,,

Viv says:

lovely image and verse - thank you

have we met Blackie?

8th Dec 2011, 01:18

Spiderbaby says:

Merry Christmas to you two too!

8th Dec 2011, 06:53

CandyMan says:

Thank you Viv and Spiderbaby. I'm pleased with the photo as I only had my phone on me when I spotted the mistletoe and I've hardly ever used the camera bit before.

Sorry for cutting your day short Spiderbaby by posting overnight but the site was playing up yesterday so when I checked just before bed and it seemed OK I posted quick before it changed it's mind : )

Merry Christmas both, now I must get to work otherwise it will be a bleak New year!!

8th Dec 2011, 07:34

nige says:

Lovely. Merry Christmas to you and G.

8th Dec 2011, 09:30

taniwha says:

So lovely. We must get some this year, if only for the kisses. Merry Christmas to you.

8th Dec 2011, 10:55

Dhamaka says:

lovely
Think I'll get some too
Merry Christmas to both of you

8th Dec 2011, 11:21

Craft says:

G speaks!

Who needs to buy it and risk killing the cat when the trees are full of it. I love to snog up against a tree trunk, my favourite outdoor pass time after rolling in the grass....

8th Dec 2011, 14:11

CandyMan says:

Sooo many comments!

Viv, Blackie Onassis is our (G's) cat. G has posted pictures of him most recently at Halloween. He is black. We have some really fabulous fake mistletoe which we put up over our front door nearer Christmas so that unsuspecting visitors of either gender and any species will get G's tongue half way to their ribs...

I'm a G too but no one ever calls me that but everyone calls him either G or Mr G : )

Edit: His initials are G G

8th Dec 2011, 16:43

Half way to the ribs you say..............................?
Hope you both have a great christmas and new year. Like the picture too.:)

8th Dec 2011, 17:43

MaggieD says:

Lovely pic and thanks for the warning about the poisonous nature of the misiltoe berries. Love the poem, so reassuring that poetry is still close to the hearts of the next generation :)

8th Dec 2011, 18:53

CandyMan says:

Thank you Strange Little Girl and Maggie. : )

But I teach poetry to the next generation. Not this one admittedly but we have done some of de la Mare's poems for children this term. The Listeners is always a huge favourite with the young people. Also Robert Louis Stevenson : )

8th Dec 2011, 19:47

Twiglet says:

Oh how lovely. I so rarely see real mistletoe except from a distance up a tree. According to the TV the other morning this is a bumper year for it but I should hate to poison Fable : ) And de la Mare... ♥

8th Dec 2011, 20:15

Dania says:

That is lovely indeed. :)

9th Dec 2011, 00:29

Caine says:

Beautiful photo, wishing you and G a warm and wonderful Very Merry. :D

9th Dec 2011, 00:29