Wednesday, December 10, 2014


by Cheryl Merrick

Saving us from 
cold empty blackness,
the stars brightly shine,
guiding us,
and reminding us 
of a special star long ago--
the herald of peace and hope
come to the world;
leading us to the true light,
and proclaiming to the wise--
The Savior Is Born!


by Cheryl Merrick

The angels proclaimed peace
and joy to the world
on the night the Savior was born.

But how far from peace is the woman
    rushing from store to store
    seeking the illusive “perfect gift”?

Christmas Questions

by Cheryl Merrick

As I attempt to do more in two weeks 
than I normally do in two months,
I begin to ask Questions

Can I really do all this?

Should I be doing it?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Self Image

by Cheryl Merrick

Looking at my reflection,
I despairingly note;
face too long, nubby nose!
I stop; and see Grandpa’s long, thin face;
quiet, hardworking.
There is Grandma’s “button” nose;
kind hearted, unhurried.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Memories

by Cheryl Merrick

Bright, pine scented memories
of candles and tinkling chimes,
and of the great tree my grandfather had cut
filling their living room with balls and light.

Warm, happy memories
of the family gathering around the dinning table
to enjoy the Christmas feast, together.