Poetry: Missing You at Christmas


With Christmas just a few days away, while it may seem joyous – for others, it can be a tough time… Sometimes, the holidays can bring on unexpected grief and make us miss those who have passed on even more… I have written a poem in light of that situation… I too can sometimes find myself thinking of all of those who have gone during the holidays – It can bring on a bitter-sweet type of nostalgia….

Everyone is walking down the
lighted Christmas decorated street…
They smile and seem so jolly,
but this time of year,
all I can think of are the distant heartfelt memories
as they play like an old record on repeat…

I sit by the warmth of the blazing fire,
listening to the comfort of its soft crackling,
but my wistful mind takes me to a more peaceful time
as I wish to see you arrive, once more, through the door…
Each passing year, I miss you just a little bit more.

To the bright twinkling stars,
I stare up above, with a listless hope…
I want to witness the child-like magic in the air,
but all that I can see…is that cold empty wooden chair-

And then once again I’m taken back to so many times ago,
A solemn tear dances slowly down my cheek, as I find myself
wishing that you were sitting right there…

There’s so much I want to tell you
There’s so much I want you to see
but every year, its you, that I see in the Christmas tree,
staring back at me…

…Deep down in my heart,
I know that even though I cannot see you,
…I can feel you…

You see – it’s the everlasting love
that keeps us from being completely apart.

Somewhere in this vast universe,
Even though you are not physically here,
it is through our hearts,
that we will still converse…

For now, when such times get too hard,
I’ll take our memories that we shared,
as your heavenly Christmas card.

*Ariana R Cherry 2018

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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