And things haven't calmed down at all
But it was time to share this year's poem
Before heading again to the mall
Drum roll (d-d-d-d-d-d-d):
That's my Christmas poem with all the pictures added, but here it is in a bit more readable format:
Christmas Mess (Jesus, Take Me Away!)
A word of advice from writers is to just write what you’re feeling
Okay… Everything’s a jumbled mess! I need some Christmas healing!
So let’s just jump into the fray
To see what’s on my mind today:
Why is this Christmas such a struggle
With so many things in the air to juggle?
I shoveled the walk and cleaned the eaves
Haven’t set up the tree, never finished the leaves
Everything is URGENT, everything is CRITICAL
I’m tired of all the little fights, familial and political
The world is a disaster, and we’re breathing putrid smog
I’ve barely touched my journal, haven’t posted in my blog
I’ve written a poem tying Christmas to the ocean blue
Don’t like it… won’t share it… bit off more than I could chew
The pictures are in disarray and I haven’t even been cropping
We’re eating out too much with all the shopping
shopping Shopping SHOPPING!
We shop on mornings and weekends since I now work night shifts
Everything’s so expensive, and I can’t find the right gifts
Mom’s arms, legs and back have been hurting, and my sinuses are a joke
The weather has turned freezing cold & the refrigerator just broke
My tropical fish haven’t been doing all that well lately, no sir!
There’s more gifts to buy and Christmas is inching ever closer!
And I still have to engage this whole new healthcare endeavor
There’s still cards and decorating, and this poem is taking forever!
It seems we’re so busy sometimes, we’re just about ready to drop
The DVR is almost full and we need to bake … STOP!
This isn’t at all what Christmas is supposed to be about!
Things can get so out of hand and turned so inside out!
Christmas can get so jumbled, we miss the reason it’s here
Lost in a mess of our making, the meaning is no longer clear
That cut to the core, Christmas has always been just about Jesus
A celebration of His birth, and His death on the cross that frees us
From our burden of sin that we’d all die from without
The willing sacrifice of Christ! That’s what Christmas is about!
That’s the Christmas message I really want to convey
Now God, get me off this crazy ride; Jesus, lead the way!
Gary Van Buren Christmas 2013