poetry and prose about place

villages and vignettes

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I love to view bits of the world in miniature.  Especially at Christmas, small replicas of human space make me feel comfortable.  Perhaps seeing a world fit neatly into a small space is a version of the safety and calm an animal feels in its den.  Perhaps looking over a diorama gives me powerful feelings of omniscience and omnipresence.  Perhaps I like the impression of a story being told, from beginning to end, confined in space and time.

Our Christmas decorations are predominantly miniaturized vignettes:

our nativity scene, complete with a stable and its donkey, and a star-spangled hillside of angels and sheep…

my collection of Buyers Choice skaters, including a fellow roasting a marshmallow at a fire beside the frozen pond…

Rudolf and Bumbles from the Island of Misfit Toys

children gathering around a pitiful Charlie Brown Christmas tree…

a frosty forest of bottle-brush trees and silver reindeer …

and a village with an inn, a church, and a park with a pond, a stone bridge and a park bench…

All very cute, but there is something missing. 

The best scenes are those with real people.  A scene of us sitting by our Christmas tree, talking and laughing.  A scene of people in the bookstore, looking for a special book to give someone they love.  The scene of a colleague at work, leaving a Christmas card on each desk.  A scene of friends walking along a downtown street while the snow falls and the church bells mark the hour. 

Merry Christmas everyone!   



still street


the stillness of this street

its gentle curve

the steady glow of lamps

lighted windows, sturdy gates

a frozen pond, stone bridge reflected

soft snow, unmarked

and a park bench

where no one ever sits



©  Jane Tims   2011


Written by jane tims

December 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

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  1. Wonderful Christmas post! I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    December 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    • Hi Ellen. I’m glad you liked it. The big day is here. Hope you are having the nice day you deserve! Jane


      jane tims

      December 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  2. Merry Christmas Jane!



    December 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    • Hi. Merry Christmas to you too. You are certainly making progress with your portraits!!! Jane


      jane tims

      December 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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