Christmas in the air,
A time of year when everything we’ve observed throughout prior months take on a deeper prevalence,
A time to care.
We hear about people dying, starving, homeless or sick,
Yet in this season, we become so much more aware of the world’s woes and the clock’s tick.
Is it because of the requests for donations, for the causes flooding in?
Is it the sentiments of the human heart ignited by the watching of a heartfelt Christmas movie?
Or is it the nearing of yet another year, when we take stock of our lives and reminisce over all we’ve endured?
Many people feel sad at Christmas, and I too have stepped into those moments of melancholy reverberations,
At family gatherings while my thoughts diverted to the loved ones no longer here on earth to partake in family celebrations.
Some of us place at the table, an extra chair,
Or a place card in remembrance of one who is no longer there.
Feeling joyful at Christmas gatherings, still affords me a tear,
A mere guest, bringing with her, her own memories of loved ones lost through the years.
I don’t pull up an extra chair to bridge the sense of feeling apart,
My feelings of loss are kept on those place cards, buried deep in my heart.
D.G. Kaye ©2014