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Christmas Poem

by M. Close 

Posted: 23 November 2009
Word Count: 195
Summary: For Oonah....don't know if this works, but wanted to try it.

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Our first Christmas together, we were dating.
Smiling through uncomfortable introductions
to each others family.

Tick Tock

Married with children now, joy and laughter
on Christmas morn, then on to the in-laws for more,
this day never ends.

Tick Tock

Now teenagers bring their boyfriends and girlfriends
to endure endless introductions with uncomfortable smiles
And the meals get better each year.

Tick Tock

Our children bring their children, smiles and hugs all around
“We missed you last year, just look how they’ve grown!”
“Can we open presents now Grandma?”

Tick Tock

“Merry Christmas my love.” “Merry Christmas my dear”
Holding wrinkled hands in front of a cozy fire, alone, but not lonely.
We have our memories.

Tick Tock

Handwritten cards and smiles exchanged, we have all we need.
“Remember our first Christmas?” “Not as clearly as I want to.”
The cup of hot cocoa shakes in his hands.

Tick Tock, Tick……..

The wheel of time always turning, brings Christmas once a year
New additions to families come, some have gone, no longer here
Each new Christmas different then last, change we should not fear

The reason we celebrate Christmas, is with us throughout the year.

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joanie at 20:16 on 23 November 2009  Report this post
Hi Mike. I think this is a beautiful Christmas poem. It's warm without any silly sentimentality. I like the development of the lives with all the different stages of growing families. I also like the change of tone at the end with the rhymes and the ticking clock ..... (a bit scary!)



M. Close at 03:50 on 24 November 2009  Report this post
Thanks for the kind comments Joanie.
The passage of time and what it means and how life changes as a result has been on my mind lately....


V`yonne at 11:17 on 24 November 2009  Report this post
The reason we celebrate Christmas, is with us through out the year.

I like that sentiment. Maybe it ought to go on a separate line for emphasis. I also liked the way this went down the years and generations leading to that conclusion. Christmas is really about those relationships and memories - it is very collective.


throughout is one word

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