Black Christmas

I look up at the stars,

I listen to the silence.

I gaze at the distance lights,

I love the quiet…

I am grateful,

I made it this far.

Another year comes to an end. 
"Things have not been easy this year,"--
about a year at its end,
someone will always feel so.

I think of the things I lost
from the start of the year,
and of the things I gained.
I think of the things I learned
along and throughout the year,
and of the things I grew from.
I think of the times I failed,
and of the choices I made.
I think of all I am,
all that remains of me
at the year's end.
I am grateful,
I made it this far.

I listen to the stars at night--
it is Christmas.
It is a cold and sad night,
this Christmas.
It is a black Christmas.
I think of how this day
once meant something.
I remember,
when we were younger,
so much life and excitement,
so much love and joy
came with the season.
We came together
as a family, then,
as friends,
a community.
Now, I look up and think:
so much time has passed,
so much has changed
this year alone.
Death yet walks
and rules our streets
in many scary faces.
Some of our loved ones
have left us,
and others
have been taken from us.

I look up at the stars,
I listen to the silence.
I gaze at the distance lights,
I love the quiet.
I think:
are there others
out there, somewhere
who feel some longing
and some sadness,
some lacking,
and some emptiness
this season?

©BenieLangat.

I wrote this for December 25, 2021.

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14 thoughts on “Black Christmas

  1. Yes, it is truly serene, believe it or not, the manner in which you designed the banquet, the table seating and the timing of the voices, there is a settling tranqulity.

    In the quiet and faraway from this banqueting table there are so many servings that resonate with me.

    It is always uplifting and encouraging, truly soul stirring, amidst all the festivities and the blessedness of the season, when a messenger comes and allows us to eat of the bittersweet bread.

    Yes we have our memories, our nows and the future.

    Wishing you a blessed 2022 Benie

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    1. Beautiful! We have our memories, our nows and the future… I love that ❤
      Thank you for your thoughts on this piece… And for taking the bittersweet serving 😄 I am happy we related.

      Thank you for your wishes… I wish you a blessed 2022!

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      1. Wow Benie you surfaced. Thank you for your compliment.
        Lol… ye…once in a while…
        It’s also find to ask for the cup to pass over you…
        Wishing you an awesome 2022.

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