The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Coziness

Sometimes the last present under the tree is a real treasure. This little poem on the day after Christmas is absolutely perfect.

Stewart S. Warren, writer and performance poet, was born 1950 into the affluent southern society of Tulsa, Oklahoma where, Stewart says, he was raised by slaves and all night gas station attendants. After completing 9th grade he hitch hiked out of the grasslands to find his teachers in the counter-culture of San Francisco and worlds beyond. He is the author of five volumes of poetry plus a host of other works. All his book royalties go to WaterAid America.


The morning sun, up,
and already low,
has other mouths to feed
further south.

We’ve stored its honey
in stacks of wood,
cans of fruit,
leaves of books.

Come, sit close.
I have stories
and strong hands
with plenty of heat.

--Stewart S. Warren

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Comment by Margaret Randall on December 26, 2010 at 8:42am
Finally, a Christmas poem that works for me! What a wonderful sentiment, and said perfectly. Thank you Stewart, thank you Jon. Recoiling before both the commercialism and the religious aspects of Christmas, I generally try to avoid the holiday altogether. This poem, and a few other gestures, remind me that despite all the ugly masks, bits of the real emerge if one knows how to look for them.
Comment by Barelas Babe on December 26, 2010 at 1:09pm

Warm and beautiful words about what really matters. Thank you, Stewart!


And thank you Ditchrider, for making Sunday mornings such a pleasure. 

Comment by Dee Cohen on December 26, 2010 at 2:54pm

Very simple and sweet. A little luminaria of a poem!

Thanks, Dee

Comment by Georgia Santa-Maria on December 26, 2010 at 4:53pm
Beautiful, gentle and fine--good stuff, Stewart.


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