waiting for the first star

another Christmas is knocking on the door
the tree is no longer as stylish
several unsent Christmas cards
barely begun letter
those who will not sit at the table any more
look out from picture frames
tears are shining in the candlelight
inside the heart joy mixes with sadness
carol rocks memories
white wafer waits to be broken
the first star will twinkle in the sky soon
but there are ever more empty chairs around the table

corrections  Chris Reynolds

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