Gerard Heathcote

(April 24th / Penzance England)

Christmas? Cheers


Christmas is a time of focussed energy
Expectations of happy moments
Phone calls to distant relatives
Cards with greetings and happy thoughts
Hope for reconciliation and love
Peace descending like a dove

All our plans for meals in and out
Parties and works do’s funny hats
Send some money to sons and daughters
Buy little gifts for friends and acquaintances
Write charity cards with similar greetings
Arrange for endless lunchtime meetings

This sounds like a joyful time
Everyone you meet tells the same tale
Glad when it’s over and normal service resumed
Perhaps we go to a church service at midnight
Pray for a new start the lord will provide
A year full of errors and hurt put aside

No matter what we hope for this time of year
Tragedy strikes the heart of someone we know
Or to ourselves why is this so
I’m counting five now with one in between
Heartbreak and sorrow for four of these
One filled with love and happiness please

It’s the anniversary of many things
The awareness that another year has gone by
One year older but next year will be better
I listen to my soul sing the familiar song
With hope and promise of no more tears
I’ve love to give and Christmas Cheers

Submitted: Saturday, December 24, 2005
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