“Small Acts”: Wishing You a Joyous Christmas

When I read the poem “Small Acts” by Paul Vincent Cannon on his blog, I immediately wanted to read it aloud as my Christmas best wishes this year. Please click below to hear the reading. Thank you, Paul, for this beautiful gift of a poem.

163 thoughts on ““Small Acts”: Wishing You a Joyous Christmas

    1. Thank you, Darlene! Lately, I’ve been reading poems on various poets’ blogs that I would love to read aloud. I’ve decided, why not give in to that impulse, since it will bring me (and, I hope, others) pleasure. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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  1. Thank you for the inspiring Christmas gift of a poem!

    Could you, please, read my post tomorrow ( 24 December) as it is the
    a wholly uplifting story about the man whose extraordinary achievements were made into a film. It will melt your heart!
    Thank you!

    Joanna

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your recitation, Liz. You have a marvelous voice that gives a lift to the spirits and a warm feeling of community. The poem embraces all of what this precious season is about. The best Christmas gift you could give us. I look forward to more in 2022. We are on a grand adventure.

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      1. You must record yourself reading poems you absolutely love, Liz. That would be wonderful. I hope that, as more people become knowledgeable in the technology that is ever changing and increasing the possibilities of giving voice to words, the more poetry recitations will be available to enjoy. When I listened to Patrick Stewart reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets, it was an encouragement for me to explore something that I would never have considered. After all, would I be able to do justice to Shakespeare?!! YIKES!

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    1. You’re welcome, Mandy! Thank you for sending along the YouTube link. I listened to your reading and enjoyed it very much. Coincidentally, I’ve become interested in learning more about the literary traditions of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, as I regularly follow bloggers from those countries.

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      1. It’s wonderful that there are fine writers everywhere. At the time of my recordings I was feeling concerned that our earlier NZ writers were being lost to history. I am still concerned but not doing anything about it! Here is one story I have yet to read https://teara.govt.nz/en/document/41921/review-of-the-story-of-a-new-zealand-river-1929 The book was first published in New York and was more popular in New York and the UK than NZ.

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              1. Thanks for the tip, Liz. I have found it and just finished the second chapter today. While I was reading the first chapter I could see the links between this story and The Piano, by another famous New Zealander, Jane Campion.

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  3. Thank you, Liz. When Christmas and New Year comes around, there’s almost nothing as fun as receiving wishes from our near and dear. That’s one of the reasons that makes this season so special and exciting. Your post with a beautiful card and meaningful poem of Paul (personally recited by you) has the magical touch of joy and kindness. Liz, I wish you and your loved ones a joy-filled Christmas season. Stay blessed. Jo

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  4. Thank you for sharing!!.. hope you have a wonderful holiday and Christmas filled with love and happiness and until we meet again…. 🙂
    May your troubles be less
    Your blessings be more
    And nothing but happiness
    Come through your door
    (Irish Saying)

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  5. I deliberately saved this to listen to until Christmas Eve, and I’m glad I did. The personal warmth of your reading and the beauty of the words perfectly set the tone for the rest of this day and tomorrow. Thank you, Liz, and I wish you much joy in this season and the very best in the year ahead.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem, John. If you’re not already familiar with Paul Vincent Cannon’s poetry, I’d encourage you to check out his blog. He writes very thought-provoking poetry across a wide range of subjects. (He writes fun stuff, too!)

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  6. This was lovely! I so enjoyed listening to you read the poem. Yes, a smile can be a wondrous thing. Little things are really the big things, aren’t they? I hope you had a merry Christmas, Liz. You must have gotten snow up your way. We had terrible ice and freezing rain, beautiful for Christmas but for not for leaving the house.

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