Tag Archives: holiday melancholy

Haunted Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly.
So goes the holiday rhetoric.
Leave the melancholy we come to know
as we age, at home, behind us
as we head off to
holiday celebrations.

The memories can come.
After all, what’s a day of joy
without a thought to my missed father
or the grandmothers who
got things started before him.

Comes a time their histories
the joys they brought to the season
outweigh for at least the days’ rejoicing
the heaviness of missing them.
Discussing them, we play the funny
happy scenarios over and laugh
again at our antics and how good
we were with them.

Flying high on the euphoria of
the great feeling they left with me,
softens the landing back at reality
in the days just after the parties end.
Time to settle back into daily routines
with the memories of them and somewhere in,
the new holiday stories I make
apart from, and yet, because of them.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 27: Blame the Dissonance

Happy voices infused
with sad remembrances.
Great meals in celebration;
missing the first hands
that prepared them.
Lovely thoughts of those
no longer with us.
How much they influenced us.
Time passes and more go
leaving us behind
in good times, with great memories
reasons to really miss them.

Some years, holidays
can really ring in
joy-laced melancholy sentiment.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 27 prompt: Write a ‘Blame the (blank)’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge