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Remember Those Less Fortunate (Alone at Christmas)

Updated on December 26, 2017

A sombre day for Christmas,

as the Yule fire softly glows,

it's about those who have less,

like the snowman;s frozen toes.

While there is jubilation,

and smiles light up the dwelling,

those with cold expectation,

sneer at tummy's swelling.

Among the frozen footfalls,

a shadow stands alone,

to him no cheery hearth calls,

to warm his aching bones.

Family's make up the happy throng,

they warmly stand together,

but this shadow simply don't belong,

cast aside in freezing weather.

Lights and tinsel everywhere,

choirs sing about a manger,

hearts of love and happy cheer,

forget about the stranger.

To him this time is unaccessible,

no respite from other's good will,

alone with his thoughts regrettable,

in the shadows standing quite still.

On the breeze mulled wine is yummy,

though in another’s hand does sway,

imagination to fill his tummy,

cold looks send him away.

So who is this forgotten interloper,

who watches from afar,

he is just another unfortunate hoper,

in the shadows below a frozen star.


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    V Qisya 

    6 years ago

    Simply beautiful! I like it very much. Thank you for sharing ;D

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    This is a wonderful poem and so appropriate for this time of year. So often we forget the lonely and forgotten, but not you! This is a gentle reminder that we must include ALL at this time of year, especially those alone. I do try to include those alone at my table at Thanksgiving and Christmas - this is the toughest time to be alone as your poem says. This is so well-written and well-composed and I love the photo/illustration you run along with it.

    Thank you for reminding us that not all are celebrating a happy holiday.

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    Mark Hodges 

    6 years ago from Birmingham UK

    Thankyou Senoritaa

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    Rinita Sen 

    6 years ago

    Amazing poem. It reminds me of a Christmas story I had read when I was a child. I think it was "The Little Match Girl". Beautiful!

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    Mark Hodges 

    6 years ago from Birmingham UK

    Thankyou Chris.

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    Christopher Dapo and S. 

    6 years ago from Havelock, NC

    Brilliant poem. - Chris

    Genius! - S.


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