INTRO: Many families and friends are separated at this special time of the year. Whether they are spread from one end of the planet to the other, or maybe separated due to illness, or lack of money to travel the distance. Whatever the reason, we must enjoy Christmas Day the best way we can when our family cannot get together for Christmas Day.
I chose this Featured Image partly because of what is written on her coffee mug – ‘Make today awesome.’ To me, this image expresses the message of this poem which is both her longing to be elsewhere and not alone, yet also her acceptance of the situation she currently finds herself in and that she will enjoy the day as best she can. Thank you for listening to my poem. Beverley Joy
AUDIO – Far Away for Christmas
It was Christmas away from home
Hot and humid as we drove to church
For the Christmas Day morning service
To celebrate the story of Christmas.
My daughter lived with me, so I wasn’t alone
Once we got home, we prepped for lunch
We played carols to build the Christmas spirit
And opened the few gifts that were under the tree.
We called family members who lived far away
And chatted with them throughout the day
It felt strange, not being all together in one place
Our family split over a long distance.
We embraced our quiet solitude
Reflecting on our busy year
Moving away from our home city
Finding work and studying.
We spent Christmas Day in our new place
Work commitments over the following days
Kept us from flying or driving away
So, we enjoyed a simple Christmas lunch.
We ate leftovers with some family and friends
In the cool of the late afternoon
And reminisced over past Christmas days
Hoping next year, we could travel to be with our family again.
Beverley Joy © 2019 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.
Why not listen to my other poems about gift-giving titled: A Hug is Priceless, The Best Gift to Give is You and A Mirror Reflect What You Can Give.
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