No Tree This Year

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Forgive me little Christmas tree
I won’t be seeing you this year
Though your boughs are so strong
and your lights so very bright
I won’t be unpacking you this night

You hold for me fond memories
of babies born and cats on trees
Old and young with happy smiles
Wobbling toddlers squealing with joy
every time they opened a new toy

Elders reminiscing of relatives
long gone and still missed today
Teenagers on new cell phones
Men connecting their new gadgets
everyone believing Mom is truly magic

The past five years I’ve put you up
little faux Christmas tree mine
Your lights still shine bright as stars
your boughs hold the heavy baubles
But for presents there’s no squabble

Your branches may remain festive
your lights twinkle and shine
The star on top reminds me of why
we all celebrate this sacred day
yet everything else has gone away

There is no music no laughter rings out
no toddlers or puppies running about
not a grandparent or child is around
My kitchen remains stark and clean
not a crumb or bit of a turkey’s wing

Beneath your green staunch branches
not a single present can be found
This year sweet tree of years gone by
my memories alone will be my guide
I’ll spend the day deep within my mind


  1. Sadje says:

    Such poignancy in your words. Hugs.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Most welcome

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  2. WOW, things certainly change a lot through the years doesn’t it? It’s not the way it used to be. I can relate my friend. 🤗🙏🏼😊 Continue to smile. You never know what may be around the corner. And even if you don’t have any presents to put under your tree, put that tree up anyway. 🤶🏼🎄🎅🏼 Make new memories! 🥰💖😍

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    1. Thank you Kym! At 64 years old, it does get difficult. Thank you for the encouragement! ❤️

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      1. Oh girl, I understand and we are the same age, so I get you. We just have to do a little readjustment. So honey, get that humble tree of yours out the box. Today is a new day and we will not allow things or others to dictate our happiness quotient and contentment. 😉 Play some Christmas music 🎶 or any music, pour yourself a glass of whatever, 🍷🥂🍹 and dance while you decorate your precious tree. 💃🏼 Got it??? 🥰💖😍

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  3. jilldennison says:

    Heartbreaking. 😢 Hugs to you, my friend.

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    1. Thank you Jill. Life is definitely filled with highs and lows! ❤️

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  4. This is so sad Ami.

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