December 25th was my mother’s birthday. I wrote this poem for her after Christmas last year. I post it now in her memory.
HER CHRISTMAS TREE
By Cheryl Spanos
Decorating the Christmas tree for Dad
I unwrap ornaments
Felted angel, painted sled
Ones I had made when I was young.
Each a memory Mom had wrapped
Carefully preserved in tissue.
Touching them like holding a part of her
For one brief moment, having her back.
Later, at the cemetery
Hanging ornaments on the pine near her grave
Crystal snowflake, golden dove
Tinkle of wind chimes and glass bells
Each a tribute left in remembrance.
Even on that windswept hill
Overlooking the frozen lake
Mom has a Christmas tree.