Getting through Christmas - Poem about the Holiday Blues

Do you feel sad around the holidays?

Many people feel sad or depressed around the holidays--for different reasons, of course. Some have lost loved ones, and going through the holidays without them can be a very bleak time. Others get stressed and tired from all the expectations and demands of the holidays. Since many see the holiday season as a joyful and fun time, they don't understand the hopeless feelings of others.

Empathy from those who do understand can be a great help as people realize that others may be experiencing similar feelings, feelings that are often dark and unacceptable to many. Perhaps knowing that there are others out there who feel the same can help those affected to trudge through and just get through their periods of sadness. For some, just getting through this time of year may be all they can hope for--at least for now. Getting past it, feeling relief, and hoping that the future brings something better...that's enough.


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I Could Cry


I could cry

So down

So down

Sunny out

Dark in

I can’t cry


Hate this time

This year

Rough one

Darn those

Red bells

And cheery elves


Walk on by

Duck head

Drop eyes

Go past

Just move

Buy milk


Bags and boxes

Big crowds

And sales

Stay home

Warm fire

Soft cats


Pet the dog

Drink wine

Relief

Deep breath

Stay in

Lean back


Make eggnog

With friends

And effort

Play music

Smile big

Laugh loud


Turn away

Good night

Sweet sleep

More dreams

Sad, awake

New tomorrow


Cup of coffee

Fresh thoughts

More words

New hope

Out, out

One more day


Get over

Get past

Just get by

Trees down

Lights off

Normalcy.

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Mr.FantasyLand profile image

Mr.FantasyLand 5 years ago from Grasonville

Well due to family issues I would have to say the holidays are a rough time for me. I usually drink like crazy and just try and get through it.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Mr.FantasyLand--I am truly sorry for your pain. The holidays just bring any issues even more to the surface, don't they? I experience a certain depth of sadness, more so as I get older and more things happen in my life. By late November, I am longing for January to get here. Thanks for commenting. I wish you all the strength you need to get through this time of year.


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Mr.FantasyLand 5 years ago from Grasonville

It's ok. Life is nothing but a valley of mountains we have to over come.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

"A valley of mountains." That's very profound. Interesting how two opposites go together to make perfect sense.


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Mr.FantasyLand 5 years ago from Grasonville

Well I am a poet so saying stuff like that comes natural :).


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cool. I'll have to check out your poetry.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Excellent poem. You are as prolific as I if not more so. Excellent job and you have really taken off as a hub writer.

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, JT. That means a lot to me. I really appreciate your support, as you have done so much on HubPages and are so willing to help others, including me!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Victoria Lynn,

You have made your own way on Hubpages am I am exceptionally proud of you!!

JT


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Beautiful, yet sad and very true poem. Spike the eggnog!!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

People say, men don't cry, but I want to cry.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks again, JT! I do appreciate it!

Sunshine--spiking the eggnog DOES help! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I think that everyone cries, Vinaya, or at least feels like it sometimes. Thanks....


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makusr 5 years ago from India

Victoria, It's different. You've treated holidays in a completely different scenario. Every thing is relative. Nothing is good or bad. Our situation and feelings make it so. Take care.

With warm wishes,

MAKUSR


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're right, MAKUSR. Our feelings make everything what it is. Take care....


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molometer 5 years ago

So true and yet if you mention these feelings you are a 'misery'.

I like the good things like, seeing loved ones but hate the hype, which is invariable more aimed at women and mothers to perform miracles and find presents unique and wonderful. I think we should boycott gift giving and get back to sanity.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

It's going to be a very tough Christmas for many people forced into the streets of America due to the economy. Let's stay close, help those in need and share as much as possible what we have. I am truly blessed to be healthy, have food on my table and a roof over my head, unfortunately many have been forced out of this luxury.

How sad, your poem cast a dark shadow over Christmas for many, yet let's ever be thankful for the reason behind the season. Blessing to you Victoria Lynn and yours.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hear ya, molometer. The season is so hectic and insane. It would be nice to capture a sweet simplicity in it all.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

saddlerider, I love your attitude. We do have so much to be thankful for. I just often feel the sadness. Blessings to you and yours as well, dear friend.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

12/7...12/7

Victoria, Great read! This hub is marvelous. Voted up and away. Im sorry for not visiting you that much. Ive been tied up with my publishing projects and my health is not getting any better, so I was making use of my time. Victoria, I DO value you as my friend and follower. You are not only a great talent, but an inspiration to all of us. Merry Christmas.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kenneth--up and away! Great comment! No worries, I also have trouble getting around to reading everyone, but I know you're out there. I just don't get to your work, either, as often as I'd like. So my apologies as well. I'm sorry your health isn't so well. I'm glad you're publishing, though. I do enjoy your hubs; you can be both serious and funny! Merry Christmas to you, too.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

My Dear Friend, Victoria,

Thanks so VERY Much, for your kind and caring remark. I was just trying hard to make all of my sweet followers, like you, KNOW that I do not take you or anyone on my list for granted. And I totally understand about you not getting to my work. YOU are a busy girl. And you have an active life. And you find time to make my day with your nice comments such this one. I will no way soon forget you. Nor would I want to. Good night.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, darling Kenneth! You are such a kind person. I appreciate your honoring your followers. I, too, try not to take anyone for granted. I will visit you soon! Night, my friend. :-)


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

YOU are very WELCOME, DEAREST Victoria! And I can say the same about YOU. YOU are so caring and kind that I am so ashamed of my unintentional neglect of you and my friends. I wont rest until YOU and the rest of my followers all KNOW how MUCH you are all appreciated. Good night and sleep safe. KENNETH


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You can rest well, Kenneth. We know you appreciate all of us! Same to you, my friend. :-)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dearest Victoria,

thank you so much. I DO appreciate YOU and everyone who is on my Followers List. I want, and pray for you all to experience the BEST in life, and the most-memorable Christmas ever. Yes, I also want you all to excel in your writing projects too. I would be very blessed just to sit in your shadows and watch you flourish in the success that your writing talents have given you. Honestly. Take care. Kenneth


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Kenneth. You're such a kind soul. I wish you the best Christmas as well and pray that your health improves. Take care!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Victoria...you are welcome. And kind soul, that's you. Even your photo speaks 'humble-hearted' to me. In another life, I was an FBI profiler. Oh how I wish. And my health is in God's care. Maybe I will recover. Maybe not. Doctors tell me that what I have, Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy are incurable--and can only treat the symptoms,but Victoria, there are people far worse than I. The little kids in Ira


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Victoria...sorry, my post comment button went off...to continue....the orphaned kids in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be pitied. They are the ones suffering most from this war. And the people with cancer..my, my. What a world we live in. And I work at NOT focusing on my pain, but theirs. I fail, Victoria. Many times. But with God's hands, I keep on going.

And friends like yourself make me feel good.

God bless you. Richly.

Kenneth


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

FBI profiler, Kenneth? Wow. Yes, many are suffering in this world. We must just all keep going somehow. God bless you, too.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Victoria...I sometimes watch Criminal Minds on CBS. This branch of the FBI is about profiling personalities. I am sometimes fascinated with their highly-sensitive work, but I am NOT smart enough for this job. Honest.

Have a great night, Victoria. God bless you richly!

Kenneth...PS maybe an assistant to Santa???


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Being an assistant to Santa sounds perfect for you, Kenneth! As for Criminal Minds, I love that show! I can hardly wait to see what they come up with next!:-) Later!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

12/13/2011...LOL, Victoria. He is not hiring right now. But I am kinda upset for I walked to his headquarters, nearly froze to death, and never got a "we'll call you," or nothing. Oh well. Santa does have lots of work to do. I get that. And as for Criminal Minds, my favorite character is Aaron Hotchner, for his disciplined personality and focus. I also like NCIS with Mark Harmon...he is someone I could NOT work for...too strict. Still, he is a terrific actor. Yes, talk to you later. Have a happy and safe Tuesday.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kenneth, Santa is missing out on not hiring you! :-) What about the young Dr. Spencer on Criminal Minds. He's so OCD and brilliant--interesting character. I'm not crazy about NCIS but some of the characters are interesting. Take care of yourself. Later!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Victoria . . .LOL, what a comeback about Santa missing out. That was a sharp line. Doc Spencer, I can only dream of having an IQ like his. That would be GREAT. And Hotchner, what a focused man. Yes, the characters are interesting. Not necessarily the blood, killing, and other weird stuff. Take care, Victoria and be blessed today.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kenneth, I'll be thinking of you tonight when Criminal Minds comes on. I'm trying to be blessed today, but I am sitting in a bookstore drinking coffee and messing around on my laptop, with a rental car outside, waiting for some recalls to be taken care of with my car. Then I have to go finish Christmas shopping, bathe my dog, get ready for a family visit this weekend. Crazy day! YOU be blessed, though, my friend!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Victoria, my talented hubwriter and good friend, thank you lots, for that wish. I may not watch them tonight, as I never know what each moment will bring...if I DO watch CM, I will think of you thinking of me..LOL, that is sweet. And you are blessed to be able to get out in public, I love coffeeshops. And you have a careful day and enjoy the time with your dog. Be careful Christmas shopping too, for it CAN be a madhouse. I will do my best. I finished a hub a minute ago...one that I had planned for weeks...now I can rest some...I hate to NOT be finished with a project. Are you that way? I will chat with you later. Kenneth


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kenneth, I didn't watch much of CM tonight, as life got in the way.... Yes, I am like you with wanting to finish something. Sometimes it's just so hard to do with everythingelse going on. Take care. Getting ready to go to my mom's for Christmas gathering....


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Victoria, CM was extemely-sad. And I saw a new side of Hotchner. A sensitive side. Great writing. And yes, life does get in the way. Guess what? I did finish My Jennifer Love Hewitt Secret Lunch Date hub...finally...today. Now I can rest up. Take care, my dear talented friend and I wish for you a very safe and happy night. Regards, Kenneth


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I missed most of it, kenneth. Was it about his deceased wife? I saw at the end he has a love interest. Speaking of interest, sounds like an interesting hub you just wrote. :-) Later, friend....


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Victoria, sorry for being late. Yes, most of it was about Hotch's late wife. And he DID run into maybe a future love interest, but you know screenwriters. They hold the show in their keyboards. And the hug about Jennifer L. Hewitt being my secret lunch date? Well, Vicgtoria, you should know me by now that THIS hub just has to be comedy-based. And it is. She wouldn't be seen in any restaurant with the likes of me. I am just being honest with you and myself. :) and I will check you later. Safety first, Victoria. If you go anywhere...please buckle up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I was safe, kenneth! Just got back from a visit at mom's with all three brothers and their families!

I do love the humor in your hubs! I'll catch you later, my friend!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Im proud,Victoria, that you are safe. And glad that you had a good visit. Thank you so kindly, Victoria, for the wonderful remark about my hubs, but listen, YOURS are those that touch souls. Hearts. Lives. So glad to have yo in my world. Later.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awwwww....:-)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

. . .I mean it. I was flying over the hubpages and saw that you had commented. And again, I mean what I write. You are an excellent writer. Honestly, I envy you. Talk to you later.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ditto, kenneth! :-) You're very talented and have a great sense of humor! Talk later....


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D.Juris Stetser 3 years ago from South Dakota

This is wonderful....wish I had the dog, the cat, the fire, and the egg nog, but the rest of it works! You have such an abundance of empathy and sensitivity. Thanks so much for this one. Voted Up, Awesome, Beautiful, and interesting. thank you again.... hugs dotti


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

D.Juris Stetser--You're welcome. I am go glad you found all that in this hub!

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