poet Jim Yerman

Jim Yerman

Best Christmas Gift Ever

He had worked hard for this moment…
He'd been focused…driven…undaunted
He'd reached a point in his life
where he could give his daughter anything she wanted…

He proudly asked her to make a Christmas wish list.
She wrote…focused…driven…undaunted
hoping ‘Santa' would be able to bring her
the one thing she ever wanted.

She finished quickly…her list was short…at first he wondered why
Once he read it he closed his eyes…then he began to cry…

‘Dear Santa', it read, 'this Christmas ‘all I'm looking for…
I want to be with Daddy…I want to see him more.'

And as he clutched that letter to his heart
he realized what he should be working for…
and that Christmas he made a vow
to be with his daughter more.

That Christmas she unwrapped an envelope
with a letter inside that read:
‘I promise to be home for dinner every night
I promise to tuck you into bed.'

‘I promise to spend more time with you…
I promise I will find a way.
I promise starting this Christmas
to spend much less time away.'

And so he did…he gave his daughter
a gift that didn't cost a dime…
He gave her exactly what she wanted
He gave his love…he gave her time.

Yes, she got her wish that Christmas
and lived ever after…happily
and through the magic of a Christmas wish
ironically…
so did he.

Topic(s) of this poem: christmas, giving, time

Poem Submitted: Monday, December 24, 2018

Form: Verse


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