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

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas 2013

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 poem is also included below.  Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday,

Ed & Shirley

Christmas 2013




Photo © Copyright 2013, C. L. Happ, All Rights Reserved
Up

It is
one of a dozen words
she has learned
before her second year,
"up" she says with the sign
of two arms stretched
into the gathering in
that I the occasional grand-pa
have been entrusted
"up", she says with an urgency
of wanting to be held
"up" to see a world below
from a high branch
in an ancient tree
"up" to spark a love
that would defend against
all manner of monster
"up" to remind me what
a simple holding creates
the bond on which
we rest, the hands
that will not let us fall.

Poem © Copyright 2013, E. G. Happ, All Rights Reserved