A Christmas Encomium
As the year draws to its end,
I find myself pondering all the events
Of this life changing perfect year.
Many thoughts come rushing unbidden
To a mind that has been shown
A capacity for love and friendship,
That has been offered me, unrestricted,
By the many people that I have met.
All my friends are here with me,
As together we celebrate the life
And love that we have found
Through this past year of change.
Revolving emotions, we have also shared,
In the sadness and heartbreak of losing those,
Who will not be here this Christmas.