‘Twas the night before deadline, all efforts to write
The party was on, other authors had filed
Their stories completed, our editor smiled.
The presses were printing the holiday pages
Of authors who’d written the wisdom of sages
Their words poignant and inspiring, each hit the mark
While I’m stuck at my keyboard with nary a spark
My heart tarantella-ed and polka-ed and hopped
It thunderous beats drowned all int’resting thought
Deep yoga breaths would have to suffice
To focus my brain and make it play nice
Suddenly to mind an idea started to flash
Some personal memories to share and rehash
I can tell ‘bout the time our tree split right in half
Determined not to cry, we all sat and we laughed
Or the Christmas our little boy, so terribly sick
After opening each present needed the barf bucket–quick!
Another memorable Christmas in Georgia we woke
To the crackle of tree limbs in a crystalline cloak
A delight for Floridian kids who’d never seen snow
And a world full of beauty even Disney can’t show.
As the glitter and sparkle of the season shines bright
The reason for this important day of delight’s
Not the presents and gifts we’ve selected with much care
But the spirit of giving and the love that we share.
The favorite foods so lovingly prepared
And the moments together joyfully shared
Are metaphors for the message that counts above all
Of unconditional love expressed in ways large and small
Whether it’s reindeer or flamingos who dance in our heads
As we’re nestled securely in comfortable beds
With visions of skiing on water or in snow
To honor the season it’s essential to know
What’s important in life and who really rates
Your time and attention, forgiveness and grace.
For you and your dear ones, the most perfect gift.
Health, love and peace are my holiday wish.