Friday, December 13, 2013

Hope Has Arrived--By Pam Murray--Canada

Hope Has Arrived

As Autumn fades beyond a closing door
And winter pushes forth demanding more
A stillness cloaked in white begins to spread
As holly berries turn a vibrant red.

With morning, children playing in the street;
A snowball fight, no winners, no defeat,
As laughter fills the cold expectant air
And dreams of Christmas rise up everywhere

I find a joy once missing from my heart.
Old dreams from childhood suddenly impart
A sense of peace, a sense that life goes on
Just as footsteps march across my lawn.

Throughout the day, the memories come and go,
A tapestry that life has helped me sew
And dye with dreams all coloured innocence.
Hope has arrived and hope is so immense.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Pam Murray has been writing poetry since the mid-1960’s.  She was married for over 41 years and has two daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson.  Pam has been published in a variety of venues.  Her proudest writing accomplishment was a poem she wrote for a United Way fundraiser, which was later framed with a French translation and hung on the wall of the legislature in Ottawa, Canada.  To her, poetry is a transposition of a vision she sees in her mind.  Writing and crocheting are her passions.


  1. Hi pal, another gem sweetie. Full of Winter spirit and joy; bringing about the yesteryears and the promise of yet another Christmas to come. A season to reminisce with family and friends. Love you pal, have a Merry Christmas! Love Jane

    1. Jane, I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss you buddy. From all of us here in BC to all of you in Alberta, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of God's blessings.

    2. Right back at you pal, from all my family in Alberta here wishing your family the same. xxxooo Love Jane

  2. Hey Pam,great poem.i can relate very well with it as I need to be hopeful more than ever right now because I have lost a parent!!good work!!

    1. I am sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I want you to know that my heart is with you in your loss, which I share. I always loved this season because, more than any other, it centers on family. I believe that my lost loved ones are still with me in my heart. That gives me some comfort.

  3. Thank you, Linda Hurdwell, for the following comment--

    You always write a gentle tapestry of words and this is filled with Winter dreams.

  4. Pam, I loved the picture of hope you painted with your words A true work of art. Thank you!
    Love, Charlene

  5. Oh, Pam, how beautifully you express the nostalgic feelings that the holidays bring to us. I'm sure many of us feel like children again during the Christmas season. Great images of the winter landscape and the children playing. Thank you for sharing this journey down memory lane. Wishing you a happy holiday season, Carolyn Devonshire

  6. You go Pam! You always take the path to gentleness and hope. It helps push us over the bumps.

    love you,
    Merry Christmas


  7. Pam, this one "hits" home for me. I have such fond memories of my childhood and Christmas was always a special time for me and my brothers and sisters with our parents. Each year as the Christmas season approaches, I thank God for all He has allowed me to experience and share. Thank you for sharing this endearing poem and congratulations on your United Way poem.

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications, Creative Inspirations

  8. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following comment--

    This poem itself is a colorful tapestry of peaceful sentiments, metaphors, personification joy and laughter all culminating in the uplifting reality of Hope. Such descriptions as make one feel them. Lovely. Hard to pick but the second verse would probably be my favorite. In my humble opinion this is a marvelous poem, Pam. Thank you for sharing it.

    Bob D

  9. Dear Pam,

    Thank you for all the comments you left for other writers. Your encouragement and support are greatly appreciated. It's people like you that make Whispers possible.


  10. Thank you, Gerald Heyder, for the following comments--

    Dear Pam, I thank you so much for enjoying my poem. Your poem, "Hope Has Arrived," has some great descriptive lines in it! A great poem!