Because I love the sound of children
laughing, Christmas is my favorite time.
Because children love Christmas so much
they hold on to it as long as they can.
The countdown starts before the twelve days.
Each checked off day, builds suspense.
November is a slow poke, I look for ways
to wind it up, spin through it like a top.
Just like little hearts, I wait for Christmas too.
It gives me a chance to be a kid again.
Recall Christmases past
box up new memories
shelter them in my heart
to share with you next year
Gerald A. McBreen found poetry after he retired from the US Postal Service. He discovered he had a flair for romance. He has been publishing for ten years with True Romance and their related magazines. He is the coordinator for Striped Water Poets. They sponsor an “open mic” every first Wednesday of the month. They also post 'Poems on Posters' around the area. In 2009 Pacific, Washington celebrated its 100th anniversary, and he was appointed Poet Laureate. (2009 - 2013)