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UNTIL NEXT YEAR

‘Tis the evening of Christmas and in our old house
The snoring shakes windows . . . I speak of my spouse
He said he’s exhausted, though not one to shirk
He just looked on, as I did the work

I purchased and wrapped ….. ‘twas left up to me
Baked cookies galore and put up the tree
Now the kids are playing with a few old toys
The new ones are broken; so much for new joys

The floor is quite messy with boxes and bows
And discarded ribbons . . . along with new clothes
New puppy just did what puppies do best
He wet on the floor, his hourly quest.

The fireplace clogged – I was choking on smoke
My husband kept snoring and never awoke
The tree got knocked over – I cleaned up the mess
What happens next, is anyone’s guess

Hot chocolate spilled from a broken mug
And cookies got ground right into the rug
The turkey’s a carcass, the leftover’s, few
I’m left with the dishes, but that’s nothing new

And out in the kitchen where pans are piled high
I scrub and I scour, and I sigh . . . and I sigh
Am I tired? You bet! I’ve stayed up too late
So fell fast asleep with my face in my plate

We waited all year for this wonderful day
And I’m glad that the next one’s A FULL YEAR AWAY

11/22/95 Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck
(revised 12/02)

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WHAT SECRETS DO YOU HIDE

 

Old house, what secrets do you hide

From dramas that took place inside?

 

There were births, deaths, and marriages

Within your structured frame,

Played out as fate would have it

In life’s exciting game.

 

Your walls shared joys and heartaches

As befits a house of years.

You heard melodies of laughter

And the anguish of tears.

 

You witnessed four generations

Descend from just two names,

With privy to their heritage

And to their growing pains.

 

What stories you could tell me now,

If it were not a task

That intellect would ridicule,

Though still I muse and ask – –

 

Old house, what secrets do you hide

From dramas that took place inside?

 

10/15/96          Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

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