Geraldine Moorkens Byrne

Rookie (8 November 1968 / Dublin Ireland)

Presents Of Minds - Poem by Geraldine Moorkens Byrne

I bought wrapping paper from the street sellers,
the best stuff, cheap and bright;
for I remember Christmas mornings,
peering in the early half-dark-
the light reflecting off the tinseled wrap;
so that right away I knew the provenance of the gift,
that someone young and lively, with no parental claims
(who could care less if the gift were educational
who would rather die than buy functional)
had bought that garish glitzy useless precious
plastic packaged piece of commercial tat
my mother wouldn’t buy on principle and
my heart would swell with joy and I would bless her name
as, now my sister has become the mother,
her children breath prayers of thanks
whenever wrapping paper holds its sway,
For Aunts and all they stand for

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 21, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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