Letting go of Christmas

Can I let go of Christmas?

Can I let its sparkle go?

A new year beckons shyly

with its hopes and fears.

 

Can I set aside the pudding,

put the chocolates away,

lean into the future slowly,

let the new year gently dawn?

 

Can I take the baubles from the tree,

strip it down to plain,

fill its space with onward things,

set the clock to everyday?

 

The family is gone, everything’s quiet.

Some hard-to-find time has emerged.

There’s a new year beginning, another new start,

with the mystery of what it will bring?

 

Resolution time’s come at the cusp of the year,

to take stock and to order and plan,

to think and appraise, to stir over leaves,

for the old and the new to converge.

 

But it’s time to take walks in the sunshiny days,

to savour sensations and scents,

to sit with a book on slow-swinging seat,

just to be and to sit and to be.

 

Yes, the Christmas tree’s gone.

Summer is high and warm.

Schedules are frozen.

Slow-down is the mode, so…

 

Let the flavours of Christmas linger awhile.

Keep the cards still lined up on the shelf.

Let the new year ease in with its long evening light.

Let the birds sing their sweet summer song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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