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Who Will Carve This Christmas

Who Will Carve This Christmas

A Poem by Gee
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Missing loved ones

"
The messages shorter, less sincere than in previous years,
the black ink used reflecting his mood
as his pen dragged laboriously across snow white Christmas cards,
each glib, festive greeting sealed with kisses
from lips chapped by sorrows cold winds.
His favourite time of year now dreaded,
bad enough one empty chair at the table.

They'd not discussed who'd bless, carve,
it was as if not talking might somehow make it easier,
instead the opposite,
trepidation and a wishing the day over filled his heart.
And then tears, tears that fell sorely, unashamedly, freely,
as the last card read before not writing

"To a very special father at Christmas time "











© 2017 Gee



Author's Note

Gee
Written with Jacob in mind...

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Christmas can be a very lonely time indeed for the elderly and bereaved, or for that matter anyone living on their own. I would imagine most of them are really happy to get Christmas day over. This is a poignant piece of writing Gee. Makes me appreciate what I have.

Chris

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Gee

2 Months Ago

I know what you mean. Thank you Christine
oh wow - that's lovely!

It's true isn't it - we choose silence over discussion about the hard topics. We should teach ourselves, each other and especially our kids to talk openly and freely to know that getting in touch with emotions will help to move through them.

This is an especially great write - cheers Gee X

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Yep, no point bottling things up or shying away from life, it'll still be there.
Thanks for r.. read more
No card from Mildred this year she said - No not yet - but it Christmas Eve - Hers are always early - Yes I know; I have last years card here; her writing was so spidery and uneven, not her usual style all clear and even - It is twenty five years since that holiday in Spain, she was in her late seventies then; she would be in her nineties now; mum was eighty two - Yes they have both had a good innings - I posted her card two weeks since and put our address in, we may hear something

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thing is with the dead they never tell you they are. Unbelievably inconsiderate. Thank you.
One empty space at the table, one empty chair seems to vibrate with the energy of the one that should be there. Thank you for sharing your very well written words, a piece of your heart.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thank you Effie
Effie

4 Months Ago

You're welcome!
That is our Christmas > Family living miles apart - too far in the cold winter days and some too far to even think about going
Christmas cards not received - Have they forgotten; lost our address; Maybe having Christmas with the angels
Our card list is getting smaller
We go for shopping the week before; the small joint of meat on Christmas Eve. Close the door In the morning feed the birds, they are always ready for food and never let us down

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thank you Rose, appreciate you taking the time to read and comment
Very emotional piece Gee- without excesses of melodrama. Christmas can be a time of recollection and reconnection. Pity for some it also is a painful time. Well written.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thank you Mallika
“The black ink used reflecting his mood”. This line is powerful. It never gets easier. Never did for me anyway. Thanks for sharing this

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Cheers Glen, appreciate the review
That is very touching. I lost my father 3 years ago on December 16th. Christmas is still very hard for me, it will never be the same. Nice writing!

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Thank you..
The year of firsts after the death of a loved one is the most difficult. It never really gets easy, but the sharp pain and the feeling of emptiness does fade just a bit. My thoughts are with you, my friend. The emotions expressed here are relatable and very honest. Lydi**

Posted 7 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Oops, how very rude of me not to thank you for both reading and commenting. Sorry:)
Lydia

5 Months Ago

Not a problem, Gee. Be well. Lydi**
dear Gee... a very touching poem encompassing the loss of a father.
A classic expression of the sentiments at Christmas time. Love the tone and melody of your poetry. truly, Pat

Posted 7 Months Ago


Gee

7 Months Ago

Thank you Patricia. Hope you are enjoying Christmas
Patricia Wedel

7 Months Ago

Gee... Wishing you and yours a blessed and prosperous New Year 2018... Pat

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