It’s Almost Christmas, But They’re No Longer Here
It seems like just yesterday when they were last here,
Sharing their laughter and their love,
Playing silly games and offering warm hugs.
Telling bedtime stories,
Of giants and beanstalks,
Jack Horner and Miss Muffett too.
And summertime fun.
Taffy and arcades.
A milkshake and french fries,
It seems like just yesterday when my mother held me in her arms,
While an aunt made goofy faces,
And funny sounds.
Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins,
Ah, yes, the cousins,
Boys and girls alike,
Playing in the old barn,
Cowboys and cowgirls.
Pretend horses, and sticks for guns and bats,
Toy trucks and wagons,
With me in the middle,
An uncle pulling,
And another to the rear.
When sometimes doing things,
Things we knew we shouldn’t.
Yes, we were carefree,
And worried not,
Life was forever.
And freeze tag.
Seasons came and seasons went,
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and each new year.
The tree, the lights, and the angel perched high above.
Turkeys and hams and holiday treats,
Presents and eggnog,
Joy and comfort.
But it’s mostly quiet now,
As I often sit, lost in thought,
Many are gone now.
Parents, uncles, aunts, and our beloved daughter.
The givers of hugs and love, and cherished memories.
And grief is constant.
Long, cold nights,
And sad, lonely hearts.
It’s almost Christmas,
And it seems like just yesterday,
But they’re no longer here.
Loved this. Such perfect sentiment. Thank you.
Lee, what a beautiful poem. Thinking of you. May your memories and new ones sustain you.