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File Under Bad Poetry: “All I Want for Christmas”

2016-04-30T15:57:56+00:00 December 3rd, 2012|


“All I Want for Christmas”

I’m in China!
Far from friends and family and familiar traditions.
Far from the heavenly smells in neighborhood kitchens.
Far from the bile-y tidings of excessive cheer
erupting from drunks smiling ear-to-ear with beer.
Far from the sanctuary and songs of the spirit.
So far from home I can’t even pretend to hear it.
Far from uncomfortable parties and gatherings
missing out on roasted duck and all the smatherings.

Gosh, I’m just so far from those I’ve missed most of the year.
Though I know complaining isn’t what you stopped to hear.

So please listen closely as I share the following
a list of all the things I needn’t be borrowing.
In the coming days I’ll share what trinkets and prizes
I want Santa to bring for my present surprises.

It goes without saying, but it’s important you know
please don’t assume all I want is the white fluffy snow.
I want to be with my family and to hear them laugh
thinking of the time my brother grew a bad mustache.

Getting to see Grandmas and Grandpas, uncles and aunts
driving in the snow and visiting some old haunts.
Sometimes when I’m asked what is it that I miss the most
my mind flashes to the Guthrie and Marley’s pale ghost.

So in lieu of getting to be with family like you
I’ll make a list of wants, for instance: Hearty Man’s Stew.
Because if no gifts should materialize this year
I’ll still have these words to write for you to read my dear.


  1. Jess December 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Mike, My dear #2 I never told you that I received your postcard sometime ago. It sits on my night stand and whenever I start to miss you I read it. You said some very lovely things so thank you my dear. I can’t wait for you to be home; healthy happy and safe with a slightly new perspective I would imagine. Here is to the end of January. This time when you come to visit you will stay with me and the family and we will do it right. Just relaxing and catching up. No drama and no confrontation. Family dear sir is what we are. Love to you from me and the mister and the moppets.

  2. Michael December 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Thank you, Jess. Your note made my day. Looking forward to our next adventure!