The Greatest Gift

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The Greatest Gift

One can’t bring anyone
Anything greater than this
There’s nothing in the world
That can surpass this gift
Beyond all the goodies
And the bliss this season gives
Nothing compares to…

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

One can’t compare the joy
This season is with this
There’s nothing in this world
That can surpass this gift
Above all the stars in the sky
Or magical reindeer that fly
Nothing compares to…

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

So this holiday season
Let’s count all the reasons
Why we will celebrate
Above all the presents
Beyond all the treats
I have one wish
That all may never forget
The greatest gift

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

© 2005 C.A. Barnes

I originally posted this lyrical poem in 2014, but I think its so appropriate for the Christmas holiday, that I had to share it again. I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Holiday!!!

Christmastime

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Christmastime

There’ll be trimming of the tree
And so many sights to see
Little ones wishing it’d always be
Christmastime

There’ll be baking goodies galore
And many cookies and cakes for sure
Eating until there’s no room for more
At Christmastime

There’ll be rooms filled with delight
And children who can’t wait till its night
Hoping to see Santa and reindeer in flight
At Christmastime

There’ll be telling of old Christmas tales
And drinking of eggnog and ginger ale
Looking through windows frosted and pale
At Christmastime

There’ll be celebrations of the savior’s day
Giving meaning to this special holiday
Meeting old and new friends along the way
At Christmastime

Christmastime
May the joy this season brings
Always shine

© 2005 C.A. Barnes

Since Christmas is soon approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to share two Christmas songs (next week’s one is my favorite) that I wrote in my earlier years as a writer. Originally this poem was for a contest, which I’m not sure I ever entered it in 🙂

Love Rushes Over

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Love Rushes Over

I can’t take this anymore
Wasted time
I let my dreams fly out the door
All I’m left with is doubt
And things
I would rather live without
It’s all my fault
It’s my call
I let it sail away
Oh then…

Love rushes over
And saves the day
Love rushes over
Over my way
I don’t need anything anymore
Suddenly all my faith’s restored
When love rushes over

I’m at the bottom of life
Depression
Has consumed all of my mind
I tried to put the past to end
But it’s become
My one and only friend
I feel like I
Been left behind
Invisible is what I’m like
Oh then…

Love rushes over
And saves the day
Love rushes over
Over my way
I don’t need anything anymore
Suddenly all my faith’s restored
When love rushes over

I realized, I have adopted this fate
Sometimes I feel like there’s no escape
From my pain
Oh then
I look to God and
Love saves the day

Love rushes over
And saves the day
Love rushes over
Over my way
I don’t need anything anymore
Suddenly all my faith’s restored
When love rushes over

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

***From The Beginning… Lyrical Poetry Collection, for sale on Writer’s Bounty (click here for more information and to purchase)

We Are Searching For A Hero

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We Are Searching For A Hero

We are searching for a hero
Someone we can look up to
We are searching for an answer
That’s not very hard to find
We are searching for a hero
Some we can look up to
We’re just searching for a peace of mind

Is there someone out there
Who will take a stand
For the sick, the dying, the starving
Wanting one to understand

Is there someone out there
Who will reach out a hand
For the poor, depressed, distressed
And hopeless common man

To change this place
To end the pain

We are searching for a hero
Someone we can look up to
We are searching for an answer
That’s not very hard to find
We are searching for a hero
Some we can look up to
We’re just searching for a peace of mind

Is there someone out there
Who will take hate away
Transforming foes to friends
Ending all war in vain

Is there someone out there
Who will inspire the world to care
Showing that humanity can reach
The other side where love abides

To change this place
To end the pain

We are searching for a hero
Someone we can look up to
We are searching for an answer
That’s not very hard to find
We are searching for a hero
Some we can look up to
We’re just searching for a peace of mind

© 2015 C.A. Barnes

***From The Beginning… Lyrical Poetry Collection, for sale on Writer’s Bounty (click here for more information and to purchase)

Come Little Children

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Come Little Children

Bring all your worries
Bring your pain and everything
Bring your sadness
Turn it into gladness
Who says no one’s gonna care
Who says no one’s gonna be there
Come little children

Come wash away the misery
Find a better day from history
You don’t have to start from
The bottom up
Like early pilgrims
Come little children

Bring all your disappointments
Bring your anger and tears
Bring all your fears
Make them disappear
Who says no one’s gonna care
Who says no one’s gonna be there
Come little children

Come wash away the misery
Find a better day from history
You don’t have to start from
The bottom up
Like early pilgrims
Come little children

Dream of better times
Way up in the skies
Seek laughter in the rain
Seek joy and better days
Seek love, faith, everything
Seek light away from the wild
Blessed child

Come little children
Come little children

Come wash away the misery
Find a better day from history
You don’t have to start from
The bottom up
Like early pilgrims
Come little children

© 2015 C. A. Barnes

***From The Beginning… Lyrical Poetry Collection, for sale on Writer’s Bounty (click here for more information and to purchase)

Seraphine’s Escape CH.10

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Ten—Someone Cares

The fashion show was a success. Seraphine got a new job–runway model. She was getting several deals, making friends, and eventually moved to a nice bay house by the ocean. Her mother and siblings soon moved into a nice house next to her. Things were starting to get better.

Late one evening, Seraphine decided to eat out with a friend at a small cafe in the park. As she was throwing something in the trash, she saw a young man–he looked familiar.

“Hey sir, stop!” Seraphine said.

“What?” The young man said.

“Haven’t we met before?” Seraphine said.

“I don’t think so.” The young man said.

Seraphine paused.

The young man continued…

“Um, I have to go.”

“Do you work here?” Seraphine said.

“Yeah, I just started.” The young man said.

“Then maybe we will meet again.” Seraphine said.

“Yeah maybe, well, bye.” The young man said.

“Bye.” Seraphine said.

The young man walked off into the dark along a path of lamp posts.

Seraphine did not stop watching him until he disappeared thinking if he was real or just a dream.

~The End~

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.9

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Nine—Result

Although it seemed like Seraphine had been gone for 2 days, she was actually in a coma for a month.

When she opened her eyes, she was by her friend Mike and mother Jane. She finally realized she was in a hospital and asked them what happened to her, because she couldn’t remember anything. They told her about the accident and how she was to be rewarded $50,000.00 for damages, time out of work, and pain and suffering. Seraphine couldn’t believe it!

That evening, she invited her mother and friend over for dinner. She told them about the Great Lily Forest, and all that happened while she was there.

“Oh mother, I didn’t want to leave. That place was perfect.” Seraphine said.

“Seraphine, but I’m glad you did. I would miss you.” Jane said.

“Yeah, we thought you were not going to make it.” Mike said.

Seraphine eventually reduced her working hours. With her injuries, it was difficult to work a full day. Soon the first signs of her luck–what Guardian Mari promised, started to show.

One day, while in a department store, she was approached by a posh elder woman.

“Excuse me miss, but I can’t help wondering…are you a model?” said the elder woman.

“Oh no! I’m not.” Seraphine said.

“I think it would be great, if you were included in my next month’s fashion show in New York.” said the elder woman.

“Really!” said Seraphine.

“Yes. Here is my contact information. Please, do not wait to call me.” said the elder woman.

“I won’t!” said Seraphine.

Seraphine could not believe it. If this modeling thing worked out for her, she could leave the waitressing job.

The next day, another sign appeared when she woke up and saw an object by her nightstand. It was the clock that prince Arthur had given her. Now she knew she was not dreaming. Now she knew there was such a place like the Great Lily Forest and she had really been there!

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.8

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Eight—Real World

It took them an hour to get to the palace. It was magnificent and great.

“It’s 11:30 p.m. We must find Guardian Mari.” Gwine said.

As both girls searched every room and floor, a thought of Seraphine’s past flashed…

When she was a child with her mother…

Moments she spent with friends…

And she realized how she had taken all those things for granted. Now she was fighting—running to give herself a second chance to find happiness in her world. Happiness could be a reality.

It was 11:45 p.m. when they found Guardian Mari.

“It is time, though you are late, it is time.” Guardian Mari said.

They rushed to the portal that was located in the cellar.

“Hurry, you must go.” Guardian Mari said.

As Seraphine walked near the portal, she paused and looked back.

She looked back at her friend Gwine and Guardian Mari, and a place she had come to call home.

A tear ran down her face, for at least once in her life she was carefree. She was leaving the one place that was her sanctuary, only to enter a place where there was no comfort, only misery.

She had come to trust Guardian Mari’s words—her promise that this was the best choice and only good things would come out of this.

There were no words said as Seraphine entered the portal. She knew this was not the last time she would be seeing them.

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.7

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Seven—Seraphine’s Choice

Seraphine couldn’t sleep at all that night. She was just thinking about all she heard. The next day she felt troubled. How she longed to be here, but at the same time, how she longed to see her mother—she knew she had to leave this place, her comfort zone. “I knew this was too good to be true”, Seraphine thought. “Why maybe this is all a dream.”

At evening, as Seraphine and Gwine prepared for the ball, Gwine, who was excited, noticed a deep sadness on Seraphine’s face.

“What troubles you, Seraphine?” Gwine said.

“Oh Gwine, I just can’t help to think that soon I will not be here.” Seraphine said.

“Seraphine, do not worry. Though you were not here for long, you have been in our hearts forever. Do you not know of us? We are not strangers to you.” Gwine said.

“I know. You are people from my past and present.” Seraphine said.

“Yes, you may not know it now, but this night will not be the last we meet. Now I know how much we mean to you—how important friendship is to you. You are willing to leave such a beautiful place as this to spare our lives.” Gwine said.

Suddenly Seraphine smiled and said, “You know if this is my last night, let’s have fun. I’m not going to think about it anymore.”

When they arrived at the ball, held at prince Arthur’s castle, Seraphine was stunned by its appearance—the heavenly walls, cascading floors, mystical sculptures. There was already an abundance of people there. Food was being served, people were dancing. And everyone was dressed so elegantly.

Gwine reminded Seraphine to meet her at 10:00 p.m. so they could go to the palace to meet Guardian Mari. They went their separate ways.

Seraphine started to wander the castle, looking at sculptures, when she heard a voice…

“Excuse me, miss. May I help you?” said Arthur jokingly.

“Oh!” Seraphine started to laugh.

“How do you like it here?” Arthur said.

“This place is quite nice. You are lucky for a prince.” Seraphine said.

“Lucky on what account? My possessions? My status? Oh, I do not dwell on such things.” Arthur said.

There was a silence…the prince continued to talk.

“Shall I have one dance?” Arthur said.

“Sure why not.” Seraphine said.

They danced for a moment. Later on, out on the gazebo, they sat and talked.

“Seraphine, I know of your parting, for I was told by the great Guardian Mari.” Arthur said.

“Oh,” Seraphine paused.

“But I do not want you to leave. You have become a great friend of mine.” Arthur said.

“Why thanks. I feel the same way too.” Seraphine said.

“Then stay, don’t go.” Arthur said.

“Arthur, do you not know about the reason why I should go?” Seraphine said.

“Why?” Arthur said.

“If I stay it is only a month we will have. Our time in this world is temporary. If I go you can be spared.” Seraphine said.

“But I will not see you again.” Arthur said.

“I was told that leaving is the best thing I can do, that I will see good things.” Seraphine said.

“Do you not care for us?” Arthur said.

“I do, more than you know, and I believe this is not the last we will see each other.” Seraphine said.

Seraphine looked at the time.

“Oh no! It’s 10:30 p.m.! I must go now!” Seraphine said as she quickly ran down the stairs.

“Wait, I must give you something to remember me by.” Arthur said…

Seraphine met up with Gwine.

“You’re late. We still have time though.” Gwine said.

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.6

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Six—Seraphine’s Realization

Seraphine knew she could no longer sleep knowing there was a problem over her being here. She had to interrupt the conversation.

“Why can’t I stay?” said Seraphine.

“I’m sorry Seraphine, I should have told you earlier, but I was expecting you to meet at the palace and tell you.” Guardian Mari said.

Guardian Mari told Seraphine everything. How she was in a dream—in fact, how she was in a coma and her family and friends were waiting for her to wake up. She told her how this world was in her imagination and could only survive as long as she was alive dreaming of it.

“As much as you love it here, you don’t belong here. You must leave by the portal at the palace by 12:00 a.m. tomorrow, or we will all have about a month to live and you will die in this world and yours.” Guardian Mari said.

“If I don’t belong here, then why did I come?” Seraphine said.

“You came here because your heart longed to be here, but you also came here to learn something important. Come, and I will tell you more.” Guardian Mari said.

Guardian Mari led Seraphine to her private lair.

“Seraphine, every person you meet at this place means something important to you. They are either a part of your past or future. I know how you felt in your world as well as how hard you worked. But we are not real over here. Though you may think this place is perfect, it is only temporary. I cannot tell you that life will be better immediately when you get back, but I can promise you this—go and good things will come, stay and death is our fate.”

“You must meet me here tomorrow by 10:00 p.m., then I will lead you to the palace. Till then you may prepare for the ball.” Guardian Mari said.

*To read the previous chapter, click here.