We're nearing as we ready
The home with green and red;
A deflated Santa on my neighbour's lawn,
Canned snow sprayed in window corners,
Polyethylene on a white Christmas tree,
Gingerbread people drinking hot ***,
Mistletoe hanging from sticks and jambs,
And an apron round the stem.
I decorate, make my fruit cake,
Set out the children's books,
The ones I've read so often:
Rudolph and Old St. Nick,
They look foolish on my table.
Displayed in their fixed place.
They're not like my Christmas bling,
The blinking lights, false stars at night,
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Is the real thing.
At midnight we'll hear choirs sing,
Joy to the World, Peace on Earth,
For one night I'll believe again.
Stay good night.
I see my words rise on my breath,
Being swept up to your stars.
Stay good people.
Who missed this year.
Who came last,
Who comes next.
I surely miss you all.
Such heavy memories
Of snow-laden branches,
Castles in globes,
Ballerinas in boxes.
My new memories
Will never last as long
As the ones I've carried all along.