Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas 2020

 Christmas 2020


Dear Friends and Family,


We are sending you our Christmas greetings from Ann Arbor, MI, USA with a video e-card, which we posted on YouTube, here, and below.  The text and photos also appear below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday, 

Ed & Shirley

 







Dandelion

The dandelions have gone to seed
and a once sickly field
has gone white with pods;
the wind shakes and carries
its seeds upward
as if snowing in reverse;
you stoop to pick one
and contemplate its single hope,
then make a wish,
blow hard,
and watch it join the flurry
to fall and find
new ground.

24 Dec 20
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Poem © Copyright 2020, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved.
Photos © Copyright 2020, Shirley Chen, All Rights Reserved.










Christmas 2019


Christmas 2019


Dear Friends and Family,


We are sending you our Christmas greetings from Ann Arbor, MI, USA with a video e-card, which we posted on YouTube, here, and below.  The text and photos also appear below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday,

Ed & Shirley

 





Chocolates

We were just remembering
scenes from Forrest Gump
when the box of chocolates arrived,
just days after you left us.
The image of your gnarled hands
working the iPad screen
to ensure no one
was forgotten for the holidays
lingers;
that was who you were
giving before you gave
your final breath.
Grace sometimes travels
through the mail
in ways we may not see,
but it arrives
nonetheless.
We cannot remove the ribbon yet
and will save it for the gathering
around a meal with others
who come
as we came to your home
that first time
and tasted of the life
given away;
you taught us that,
and we will ever know 
which one
we get.

  "… life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." --Forrest Gump: 

A package from Alice arrived today, seven days after she passed
I can say no more than this...



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Poem © Copyright 2018, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved.















Christmas 2018


Christmas 2018


Dear Friends and Family,


We are sending you our Christmas greetings from Ann Arbor, MI, USA with a video e-card, which we posted on YouTube, here, and below.  The text and photos also appear below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday,

Ed & Shirley

 








Communion

They run from the altar rail
having tasted the elements,
a pause in their play
this trio of young ladies
the Magi of the present
have come,
to pay homage to this rite
of passage 
someone born
someone died
someone come again.

25 Nov 18

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Poem © Copyright 2018, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved.
Photos © Copyright 2019, Shirley Chen, All Rights Reserved















Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas 2017

Dear Friends and Family,


We are sending you our Christmas greetings from Ann Arbor, MI, USA with a video e-card, which we posted on Youtube, here.  The text and photo appear below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday,

Ed & Shirley


Eclipse

This day of omens
brought out everyone
to the fields, squares and beaches,
to where the horizon and its sky
filled our eyes like panorama photos;
we were ready to see
with our magic glasses and cardboard contraptions,
even colanders--
anything with a narrowing opening,
a blocking of all that would intrude on our retinas,
to a singular vision,
this silhouette
of one orb crossing another--
all that we do to see something we understand
comes only once or twice across our years
and we are ready,
with awe and a sense 
that this time is one to pay more attention
than any other.  

23 Dec 17
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Poem © Copyright 2017, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved.
Photos © Copyright 2017, Time, Reuters, National Geographic, Universe Today and Shirley Chen, All Rights Reserved

































Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas 2016

Dear Friends and Family,


We are sending you our Christmas greetings from Stamford, CT, USA with a video e-card, which we posted on Youtube, here.  The text and photo appear below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday,

Ed & Shirley

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Waiting 
 
Sitting in this yoga pose,
the ceiling edges take their form;
still catching morning light.     
Even the exercise is a waiting,
for the last moves,
the slowing of breathing
and heart.

My father waited for half his life
to retire, and then missed being busy.
A contract, a letter to be signed,
a moving date, a vote,
a purchase to be made,
all fill time.

We expect things will happen,
other transactions will be made,
always looming on some horizon,
but not yet.

Moses had to shed his shoes,
the innkeeper opened his stable,
the bush burst into flames
the mother-to-be wailing;

this is the moment about to be;
this is the waiting in fullness.

14 Dec 16
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Poem © Copyright 2016, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved.
Photos © Copyright 2016, Shirley Chen, All Rights Reserved














Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas 2015

Friends and Family,


We are sending you our Christmas greetings from Nyon Switzerland with a video e-card, which we posted on Youtube, here.  The text and photo appear below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday,

Ed & Shirley




Search


I don’t remember his name
or the title of the poem,
but I remember I liked his work
and I’d like to add his book
to the wishlist
my children have asked me to update.

So I search.
I remember he taught
at a Midwest university,
or at least west of New York,
but "Midwest poet" turns up
Kooser and some others who
are not him;

"Current American Poet"
yields a long Wikipedia entry
with a phone book style menu
of letters.
I think his name begins with G or B,
but none of the names ring a bell.

So I start my own first letter game,
like a hymnal of first lines
that I do not remember,
but hope one will call up the first
notes,

the priest behind the screen,
the patron saint,
a fisherman with his net
Magi intent on a star—

I know he is there;
I can feel him next to the brain
location that is
next to "American Poet" who I
read recently,
or at least in the last few years.

Wasn't his poem
in one of the daily almanacs
that arrives faithfully each day?
So I try "poet George"
because now I’m convinced
the G is a George.
I begin flipping through the screens of daily
Vignettes,
hundreds of them in a reverse history
of sorts.

And that is what I want to do,
to go back
and say "A Ha,"
I remember you;
you were here all along.


17 Dec 15
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année

Poem © Copyright 2015, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved.
Photos © Copyright 2015, Shirley Chen, All Rights Reserved

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas 2014

Friends and Family,

We are sending you our Christmas greetings from Nyon Switzerland with a video e-card, which we posted on Youtube, here.  The text and photo appear below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday,

Ed & Shirley




Light
Lac Leman, Nyon, CH
Photo © Copyright 2014, Shirley Chen, All Rights Reserved

In the valley of the grey cloud
that lay so close in winter
it narrows the horizon
as if this earth were squinting;
all the views and analyses
are smaller
and this place is all there is,
an Eden from which ventures
have not yet begun.

The word comes from afar
that a child is born;
He, as all before him,
who cannot even see
over the edge of his crib,
waits for the wise
to peer over this horizon
and speak of gifts,
sun and sand
from where the journey came
to where his journey soon will go.

There is a hint of blue
around the edge
of this fluff of mist,
and as our steps crest the hill,
light blinds us from afar.

Poem © Copyright 2014, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved