in the eve I lay me

down to bed

a Christmas suite

playing joy in my head

safe from the cold,

I am cozy and warm

with hopeful memories

of Christmas morn

everyone’s happy

snuggled in PJ’s

cats bat tinsel

while dogs attack trains

I truly hope

everyone smiles today

 

but…

something is stuck

I can’t swallow the lump

in my chimney

it’s bringing me to dream

it’s causing nightmares

that scream

before the holiday’s birthday

 

it is because I know

somewhere

someone wanders the streets…

helpless and cold

they remember the food

they recall the warmth

they still remember

the family

gathering at the hearth

 

they relive a time

exchanging gifts

with family and friends

on a Christmas of old

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