What are Ozlandish Writings?

From July 2010 to December 2014 we ran OZLAND PICTURE STORIES as described below. Sadly though the number of writers reduced over the years and we decided to call it a day. We leave these as a record of the good times we had.

Are "You" ready to challenge your writing skills? Then participate in our OZLAND Picture Stories writing series at The Ozland Art Gallery.

Each month a new picture will be picked, from our OZLAND Artist of the Month collection, with different themes. Your goal is to write a 500-1000 word... poem... essay... or story about the picture picked. This is a chance for you to challenge your writing skills each month. Story can be written in ANY genre... sci fi... romance... ghost... fantasy... fiction... non-fiction... biography... mystery... historical... whatever your writing genre... feel free to experiment. Send your writing inworld to Sven Pertelson as a notecard to have it included on the web site. We meet at the The Ozland Art Gallery each Wednesday at Noon and 6pm SLT to read the latest submissions on voice. More Information

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Christmas Light - Sven Pertelson

The Christmas lights shine on, but no-one there
Wilting sad garlands, bright once, fading now.
Soft snow, on iron hard streets, muffles slow bells.
A home no more. The empty windows stare
Where laughter gaily rang, mute silence dwells.

In rooms where children played, loved toys, scatter'd.
Below dark tree, small parcels tied with bows
That never youthful fingers will undo.
Green needles, sharp as Christmas grief pattered
and cover gifts, like soil the mourners threw.

Far above our troubled globe, four angels fly,
Stretch wings, still new, No tears their faces stain
Here natal joy, incarnate, welcomes all.
Love, peace and blessings shine from winter sky.
The gift of Christ, a balm for mortal gall.

                                  Sven Pertelson (July 2010)

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