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The Family (poem)

Updated on November 23, 2012

Within the warm of family

The season’s Joy they’re blessed to see

A time they can together be

And share the year’s prosperity


Around a fire they laugh with glee

And raise their glasses gratefully

There in the cold and bitter night

They sing familiar melody


With table set so carefully

A family shares a tragic plight

For them there is no Joy in sight

Their places set comfortably


With no food for their appetite

They find some shelter mid dim light

They gain some comfort holding tight

They all give thanks for their bounty


How did their riches turn to blight

Perhaps the dawn will set thing right

While in the distances songs so bright

Soft tears recall once was delight


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    • Michael-Milec profile image


      2 years ago

      Touching the innermost feelings , impelling to be grateful for all the blessings even if they are only in memories.

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      John Marshall 

      4 years ago from glasgow

      Beautiful words,intense reading,really hooked on it when I began reading.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Martin hope did I miss this beautiful poem honoring our Lord.. this is so moving my friend

      God Bless you for writing this


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      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Intense word picture, sadly beautiful...and the video song supports the scene given...that is one of my long time favorite songs.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Touching but beautiful! We will remember always and include in our family gathering and prayers those who are out in the cold, those whose tables are empty, those stomachs aching of hunger, the homeless, the needy.

      Great and beautiful poem, Mhatter! The music touched my heart too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Just beautiful!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Very important message to those lucky souls who enjoy a warm, safe family environment while others do not.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautiful message Martin.

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      6 years ago

      A time to reflect on how fortunate we all are and to give thanks. A poignant message buddy :-))

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Your poem is lovely, sad, but holds truth. The song is beautiful and one I love to hear often. It is comforting. Thank you for the message today.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Mhatter, the pain and sadness of loss are always with us, especially on such special occasions. This is beautiful and so poignant. Voting up and awesome.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You certainly speak the truth. A person's bounty can turn to nothing faster than the blink of an eye.

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Now then Hatter, a tear in my eye here, I'm not used to that from you my friend. A lovely hub. Thank you.


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      6 years ago from Wales

      Another gem from you my friend.You are a great poet and I am so glad and happy to be reading yours on here.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.


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      6 years ago

      Morning Martin.

      We have always had hard times. I can honestly say that I am glad I live in the hard times of today than the hard times of 100 years ago. I am greatful for what I have.

      As always a wonderful poem with thought provoking words.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      6 years ago from australia

      It is indeed sad and meaningful and flows with emotion.

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Even in the hard times there is hope!

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      6 years ago

      What a sad but lovely poem (agree with Michele's comment), enjoyed the read as always, voted up,


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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very wonderful, sad but wonderful. Sorry not to have commented for a while. Have been away for a short time, but back for a bit.

      Voted up.

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      6 years ago from United States

      The tragedy , yet the triumph of our lives, Mhatter, and you have so well reminded us that we should be most grateful for what we do have, not to matter the depth of our glass raised in a fond salute. Amen.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, intense! So sad, so timely! The music was beautiful and haunting. thank you!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      6 years ago from Washington, DC

      Beautiful remembrance of those families who had and lost. It reminded me of sitting down to chinese food with the family after mom's death. Yes, we had food but it was her favorite and made the occasion sad. Thank you for this poem, Mhatter.


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