Over at One Stop Poetry today, there is a suggestion to write something to honour family at Christmas time. I started with a different thought, but this story of love and generousity was a part of my Christmas a few years ago. It took centre stage, so I let it have reign on my page. I share it to honour my husband and the love and respect that he elicited from all those he touched. Enjoy.
Christmas was upon me.
I could not smile or glee.
It had been mere months
since death had claimed thee.
I pushed myself to function.
I strained myself not to cry,
but my heart lie still in tatters
and I too wanted to die.
Your Co-workers refused to listen
when I tried to decline their cheer.
They insisted I join the revelry
and at their party must appear.
I had no choice, but compliance.
Wiped tears and donned false smiles.
Their hugs of joy were too worthy
for a girl far from love by miles.
We ate, drank and were merry.
Shared stories til speeches were nigh,
then sombre I grew, as attention they drew
to myself ushered forth to their eyes.
Beautiful stories were issued.
Thoughtful memories were shared to enthrall,
then to my surprise a check materialized
in my name, for my family, from them all.
Speechless, I stood in front of them.
Mine eyes blinking back full disbelief.
How could they know how this touched me so
in my heart shattered still by so much grief.
Their pockets were emptied in your name.
Wealth was shared from men, coast to coast.
And here stood I, staring at nary a dry eye
Trembling as they called for a toast.
To Brad, was the shout from the tables.
To Brad, was the feeling round the room.
My love, it was beauty at its finest
and their hearts were opened all just for you.
I shook as I raised glass in your name
Tears fell, uncheckered from my heart
They saw the special in you, that I also knew
Their gift, to give me a fresh start.
Your heart, I feel its presence
nearly every day.
Your heart, I know it beats
yet strong for me.
but on that blessed eve
your love's magic it did weave
and not alone was I that night
when I did leave.
Merry Christmas to all of you at One Stop
and all of you who have touched my heart over the years
You all help to keep me going & for that I am grateful.
Blessings to you all.