My Christmas Wish -L.M.Kozak
I pushed open another door ...I stomped my foot upon the rug
I hit square on Santa's face ..and I thought hah! and bah humbug!
The stores were all packed again ..and I was FORCED to join this war.
because on the 25th .....my family "ugh"....would be bangin at my door!!
Sister "nothing is ever good enough" and brother "where’s the egg nog with rum?"
I hated this holiday and every year ...I wish ..that they "just couldn't come".
I wished they never brought their kids .....who were always tearing up my house!!
What ever happened to being well behaved? ....and quiet as a mouse?
Every year they pack themselves.... like sardines in a can
Three deep and they call it fun..all stuffed into my brothers van.
They drive across the countryside..they sing the songs of late.
They pretend to be full of love...until they reach MY gate.
They come with stomachs empty ...and looking at gifts beneath my tree,
For something that has their name on it ...of course it was always" ME ME ME"
They make a terrible ruckus ....as they shred all my hours of wrap
and I see the pasted smiles ....that they pin upon their yaps.
They hate what I have given them ...they do this EVERY year!!
They paint that phony smile ....that grows faker ear to ear.
Then they speak another name ....as quickly as they can
so someone ELSE has to pretend ...that they are as happy as" I am."
Well..this IS the year I got my wish,.... it came on the 24th
I'll never forget the look on their faces ...as they were standing on my porch
The bulb above their heads ..hid their eyes beneath their caps
The voices came out softly .....as I was told about the crash.
The entire family is gone they say...they never had a chance.
The man driving the other car .. had just come from a Christmas dance
I stood in silence as they spoke..and told me he was drunk.
That the impact had been so hard ..they only had the trunk.
My breath escaped my lips...my knees, they buckled fast.
The officers caught my arms ....in a very gentle grasp.
Into the house they led me.. one under each of my arms
They led me past my present packed tree..covered in Christmas charms.
"Call someone to be with you".. one of the officers had said
and all at once... I was alone ..my entire family ....dead.
There was No one that I could call..to help me through this pain
everyone I had ever loved ...would never be here again.
No presents will be unwrapped this year..no turkey on the plate.
This wasn’t what I had wanted!!...What if I HAD tempted fate???
I should have loved my sister more...and held her kids on my lap.
I should have hugged my brother more..and kissed those painted yaps.
I should have done so many things..I wish I had wished for more.
I wish that drunk had taken a cab..and my family would be at my door.
I wish whoever is reading this...takes a few minutes to think.
Love your family for who they are....and please when you drive...don’t drink.
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