It seems that nowadays the heart is thoughtless
and people try to buy cheer from a store,
but years ago when everybody bought less
the Christmases all meant a whole lot more.
Back then the spirit was a bit contagious,
sans gifts of gold exorbitant in price,
for no one purchased anything outrageous;
a simple handmade gift seemed to suffice.

I, too, have been caught up inside the flurry,
the frantic rush to every shopping mall,
where everybody's always in a hurry,
and glitter has the power to enthrall.

This year I think I'll make a brand-new start
and offer gifts of love straight from the heart.

Copyright 1998 Ruth Gillis

"Back To The Basics" received a Second Place Award in the
November 1998 issue of RB'S Poets' Viewpoint.

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