who to do, who maybe not,
who to add and who to drop,
who’s long dead, or long forgot.
Designate your cards from top:
snowman, snow scene, or just snowdrop.
Then start writing and don’t stop
– just keep going ’til you drop!
First the greetings, news and chat –
Merry Christmas and all that,
then addresses – who lives where,
who’s moved house, no longer there?
Who’s got married, changed their name?
Play a wild guessing game!
But don’t cross out, or smudge or blot –
don’t flick pen and make a spot!
through the blizzard, down to shop.
Who lives far off? Who’s abroad?
How many stamps can you afford?
Prices getting worse and worse!
Pour last pennies out of purse.
Home you stagger, fit to flop,
postman passing at a trot.
On the mat: a card for you!
Fancy that! You wonder who
it’s from: dear Hugh? Old Aunty Dot?
Tear it open like a shot!Who, oh who’s remembered you?
Doubtless one you’ve just sent to!
Top of the list? Top of the lot?…
No, that cousin you forgot. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
What’s in a Card?
Jollity and seasonal cheer!
(We had a diabolical year.)
(Our year’s been a great success!)
Don’t know how your card came to find us.
Don’t know who you are. Please remind us.
Wishing you a great New Year!
(And wishing you’d reciprocate, dear.)
but you’ve sent us your card twice.
Passing through on Christmas Day,
en route to our holiday!
See you for a chat and that –
just me and Pat – plus kids, dogs, cat…
Perhaps stay night, if that’s alright,
and share your Boxing Day!
Wrapping Up That Garden Fork
Bought some paper, and some more –
wrapped and wrapped and – cursed bore! –
needed even more!
Wrapped the handle, wrapped the stem,
first prong, second prong, third prong, then –
something worse went wrong:
the paper tore.
Making Room for the Tree
Christmas tree behind settee.
Pines down our spines as we watch TV.
All poems on this page are written by, and copyright of, Kate Williams. All rights reserved.
More coming soon, including poems for children. Meanwhile, many more of my poems for all can be found all over this site and on my blog pages @ poems4pockets.blogspot.com .
(As you’ll see, I’ve had some difficulty – as usual – getting these poems to line up and present themselves properly on the page, but hope you get the general idea.)
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