Christmas Without One
This year a Christmas with one child a far
for the first time one child is not nearby
when winter festivities sneak in sly
soon night sky will be lit by Northern Star.
There are still two others who are festive
we listen to Christmas Classics and sing
a little less joy with one in the wing
yet other guests showing they are restive.
Elias enjoys a good Christmas Rock
Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell variety
and Hannah prefers Mariah Carey.
Our Christmas lights the brightest on the block
without you child I feel anxiety
Christmas Eve when everything is Merry.
Your place at tree will always be waiting
this Hot Chocolate will be kept perfect temp
with these memories, my son, I attempt
to show your presence with my creating.
These Christmas routines will always promise
your smile will be there the following year
such promises hold back a single tear
in this way we will keep Christmas honest.
Early December nights when you are gone
without short talks so far I have no words
except “Merry Christmas” and “I miss you.”
A Santa Claus the kids can depend on
our voices echo Christmas Coral Chords
a missing tenor where you once sang too.
Somehow I may be able to share day
early morning Hot Chocolate with new toys
each stocking Candy Canes and other joys
on Christmas we let our love lead the way.
But my chest is tight without you my son
though you will be home soon just not Christmas
I can’t help but notice we are one less
an emptiness that seems to weigh a ton.
With these words one feels a seasonal warmth
to pull upon nostalgia of old names
and place each decoration in its home.
I know Santa will travel from the North
to remember favorite toys and games
and place them under tree though you may roam.
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