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Christmas Without You

Christmas Without You
By Selvan Govender

Without much effort we remember
When we would gather together on the twenty-fifth of December
It didn’t take much to look and see
The greatness of your generosity

Another Christmas without you
A significant portion of our family glue
How we wish you could’ve stayed a little while longer
At least till we grew more stronger

Yes, if we had our way
We would have you stay
But God knows best
That’s why he called you to rest

“One last Christmas with us”, our hearts cry
“No my child!” You remind us, “This is not goodbye”
The seat at the table that belongs to you
Stares at us, reminding us of that missing person of our crew

Although we know death would come
It was too soon because with you we were not done
One last day, one last chance
Perhaps the privilege of one more dance

Death has come with its violence
Catching us of guard and stunning us to silence
We know there’s nothing we can do
But the pain is searing, you may not have a clue

I heard someone say that you are in a better place
And it is us who this foul world still face
We know where you are there’s no sorrow no pain
Leaving us we know is your gain

Another Christmas without you
Our hearts still cry but what can we do
For we know that this pain will soon pass
When together one day we will be at last

We want you to know
That in all the lights, the shopping or the snow
Amidst all of this glitz and glamour and fancy do
We wish this wouldn’t have been a Christmas without you!

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