Christmas Poetry Competition
What's Another Year? by Lucky Star
We hear it said year after year
'Doesn't time just fly?
Can't be 12 months since last Christmas
I've still so much to buy!'
So thinking back 365 days
And what has happened to me
I smile at all the miles of joy
And grimace at the gloomy
I'm grateful that my parents both
Lead lives that are fantastic
Although they're now equipped with hips
And knees made out of plastic.
So I'll help my Mum at turkey time
Set tables, clear away.
And spare a thought for those who miss
Their Mum and Dad today
I'm proud of what my siblings have
Achieved on different paths
I think it's great we're still good mates
And share so many laughs
I'm glad I flew around the world
To see my little sister
Dodged kangaroos and didgeridoos
To tell her how much I've missed her
I marvel how my kids have grown
Each day a little bolder
Wiser? Maybe. Trying? Surely!
And longing to be older.
The crazy things they've done this year
Dyed hair from reds to blondes
Kayaked and rugbied – won't it be lovely
When they win an Olympic bronze...
I cherish moments with my friends
Those nights of wine-fuelled giggles
Supporting, caring, advising, sharing
From crises to minor niggles
Would I remain so sane without
Their ever listening ears?
I know a shoulder's always there
To dry my glistening tears.
I slip into a reverie
Of moments with my sweetheart
Relive the bliss of each fond kiss
The torment when we're apart
And even though the future may
Be something of a mystery
I don't regret a single page
We've added to our history
So take a cup o' kindness yet
As this year's embers glow
And raise your glass and toast the past
With all its joys and woe
Tomorrow is another year
Hidden beneath the snow
I'll dare to tread the path ahead
Leaving footprints as I go.