Faraway Christmas

Faraway Christmas

I sat there beneath the winter sun
The cold wind blowing through my bones
My view blocked by military buildings
It was still very early that day
The camp was oddly quiet
Christmas Day had started far too sedately for me
I’d become used to the maddening excitement
Children being awash with joy
Stockings now just debris in a sea of fun
Carols playing
My family, our family, your family
All of you holding, hugging and thanking one another
Opening presents and adoring your favourite one
The wonderful aroma of cinnamon
Those very brief interludes of silence
Thinking about Mary and Joseph
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
The birth of Jesus
Beginning to panic about the dinner
Opening the wine, port, or brandy
Smiles, giggles, and laughter
I pause for a moment
Love, kindness, and caring
I pause once more
Then I wish upon wish that I could be there
Oh, how I miss you all
Oh, how much I want to celebrate
Oh, I hope next Christmas I may be home
But, alas, once again this year we are lands away
Separated by the vastness of time
Where a mile is a galaxy away
Yet we are linked by our spiritual connection
I reach out to touch you
To feel each of you
Then I smile
Before whispering in each ear
Happy Christmas

©️KarlTearney