In Memory Forever

I yearn to see Mom's eyes forever twinkling
as brightly as the star of Bethlehem,
to watch the snow upon the tin roof sprinkling
and glistening in the moonlight like a gem.

I long to see the lamplight softly glowing
and hear the crackling fire behind the grate,
to feel anticipation caused by knowing
that soon would come the long-awaited date.

Oh, how I loved those childhoods in December
when Mama baked and sang around the stove!
Those are the times I cherish and remember
no matter where I wander or I rove.

Oh, Christmas home and hearth of yesterday,
time cannot steal your memory away.

Copyright 1998 Ruth Gillis

Previously published in Poets at Work
November/December 1998



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