A Turtle Island Christmas

A Turtle Island Christmas
A Turtle Island Christmas

A Turtle Island Christmas


Heron in Cypress

with red and green ornament

strands of bright LED light

whorling colors scene

embolden the blackened night

reminders of season.


San Fransisco stacks

bellow thick smoke into sky

cover all whispering clouds

hide Santa’s movement

the vast vague white Northern Star

that draws us like moth to light.


A dog catches mice

a black man serves hot coffee

from green and red coffee cart

held firm by mitten

to blow steam in this cold air

enjoy a warm cup of joe.


Wastewater in bay

is drowned out by tonight’s noise

gathering Christmas parade

pointed Santa hats

line the avenue tonight

to close major thoroughfare.



Two worlds touch and greet

Poinsettia of the body

Mandala of Christmas birds

down warm in the hand

LED to light our bones

watching this shiny heaven.


I dream of soft white

Christmas Trees grow from my chest

gathered news of sky and sea

tablecloth linen

with embroidered Christmas theme

beginning of snow flurries.


All of us tonight

together with ones we love

twining through knotted pine

glance of newborn faun

avalanche of Holiday

a stand to hold Christmas Tree.


To hear Santa’s sleigh

a creek falls in far valley

mixed with wind whistle Aspen

to hear the sleigh bells

echo through a glacier’s scar

to land upon riverbank.



With yellow dust cloud

from tires the truck searches

up near the forest snow line

a Christmas Tree waits

a boy begins to wonder

if Northern Star will reach top.


An old tractor sits

with decorated pine wreath

dancing of the prairie dogs

ranch hands do their chores

frost thick on wooden fence post

warm Christmas meal waits inside.


Near central power

of our Nation’s Capital

strands of people’s Christmas

light up Washington

this world does as it pleases

Season’s illumination.


Snows of yesteryear

a Christmas in Mexico

all of North America

or maybe in Spain

a Turtle Island Christmas

an end to Christmas poem.


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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

3 thoughts on “A Turtle Island Christmas

  • December 20, 2021 at 3:26 PM

    Merry Christmas, Jamie. I was right there with you as I read your Poem…Looking around at everything on Turtle Island that was on display for the Christmas Season…with a warm “Cup of Joe” warming my gloved hands. Well Done. Enjoyed it…and Wishing Everyone and Everything on Turtle Island…A “Merry Christmas”…as well!

  • December 25, 2021 at 2:15 AM

    Jamie, thank you for sharing this Turtle Island Christmas. I enjoyed reading of the search for the perfect tree. Christmas here is at the hottest time of the year so I can’t relate to how cold it must be in thqat part of the world, but your words help me imagine it.

  • January 3, 2022 at 6:33 AM

    I hope you guys had a great holiday and a Happy New Years! Thank you Steve and John for the support and the kind comments. Jamie

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