O Christmas Tree Cast Along the Curb

O Christmas tree, cast along the curb,

What tales would you tell?

Were you decorated with tinsel

and heirloom ornaments

each filled with memory and meaning

and hung carefully on a branch?


Did you share a celebration filled with joy

and overflowing love?

Did you witness the reunion of generations

gathered from corners of the nation

or the world?

Did you see students return from college

in university swag

filled with new knowledge

and so glad to be home?

Or did you vainly try

to lift the spirits

of one alone and forlorn,

missing a dead spouse

and feeling forgotten

by family and friends?

O Christmas tree,  cast along the curb

What tales would you tell?


(Reflection for January 4, 2019)