Christmas Gift

Artificial environs stifle

Familial ebb and flow

Institution oppresively present

Mutates natural connectivity

Strangers instrusively near

Foster stilted patterns.

In repetition, oddness eases

Progeny settle, adjust

Sit less on pins and needles

Spontaneity returns with a grin

Cuddles and back rubs creep in.

In moment of unguarded comfort

Youngest relaxes against her shoulder

Conversation continues unchecked

Quiet and still for precious moments

Jerking, he rights himself

Awake from momentary doze

Mom’s perfect Christmas gift


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