Christmas without #1

by Maple Tree   Dec 24, 2018

She began starving long ago
standing alone, frozen from head to toe,
left fighting for freedom within her own mind
searching for presents she'll never find.

Vacant eyes and blank stares
twinkling lights, judgmental glares,
another meth head in the mist
crossing her off the Christmas list.

People gather for family and fun
wrapping packages, stockings being hung,
but her mother can't ignore that one empty chair
or the fact she's in pain, helpless out there.

Emptiness fills a heart
when one of six departs,
may her soul feel my tears
and ease my aching fears.

Call me this Christmas, please
put your mother's mind at ease,
your wings are withered, lips turning blue
put down the pipe, it's not Christmas without you.


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  • 1 year ago

    by Darren

    judges comment
    Maple tree has a great way of telling us a story and pulling on the heart strings. She juxtaposes the joy and abundance of Xmas with the sadness of the missing family member. Using an empty chair as the image to describe the emptiness was very powerful. This is an extremely sad write that is thought provoking and makes us question our own excesses. 7 points

  • 1 year ago

    by IdTakeABulletForYou

    Judge's Comment:

    A Christmas tale all-too-familiar is one such as this, where Christmas can remind you of what you won’t and can’t ever have… whether it be normalcy, sobriety, or just completion. We find, over decades of living, that everyone discovers empty seats at their table. The pain such constant reminders bring, during what’s supposed a happy season, never truly abates, for the best presents in our lives are the people in it. Thank you for bringing an important spotlight to a struggle we might not know or remember the people next to us are enduring.


  • 1 year ago

    by DarkNDangerous

    The emotion here is so raw. I am sorry about your situation. Just know with hope joy can't be felt without pain, and I hope your Christmas wish will come true. Chills, so many chills.

  • 1 year ago

    by Star

    I have read this when you first posted it, but I couldn’t comment. It gives me chills whenever I read it. It so sad, and gives away an empty feeling but at the sametime a heavy mind.

  • 1 year ago

    by Milly Hayward

    Im so sorry for your pain. Christmas and holidays magnify the absence of loved ones more so than any other time of year. Sending you warm hugs and prayers and all our best wishes for you and your little Bird Milly x

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