Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Gifts


 
Christmas Gifts



It happens every Yuletide,
The gifts that come my way,
Are often so outrageous,
My hands go up in great dismay!

I don't know who decided,
That, at my age of sixty-four,
A gift card for Victoria's Secret,
Was something I'd adore!

My grandchild watched, excited,
As I unwrapped his gift to me,
"Massacre" by 50 Cent,
Was not my hinted at CD.

My husband spends far too much,
On gifts I do not need,
There is always a jewelry item,
No matter how much I plead.

Sometimes I get a sweater,
In a color I'd never wear,
In a style more suited for a teen,
Which, on me, provokes a stare.

Some presents are not even,
Ones I could “re-gift”,
But thinking of recipients for them,
,Gives my spirits such a lift!

This year, I've said to loved ones,
Our gifts should be dinner out,
Enjoying a meal with each other,
Is the best gift of all, no doubt.

Carmen Henesy

Copyright © 2008 Carmen Henesy. All Rights Reserved.


( please note that the author has no husband or
grandchild nor has she ever received annual
expensive pieces of jewelry )

24 comments:

  1. Carmen, learning English with your poems is very helpful, and today was really funny too! I agree that enjoying a meal is the best thing to do in Christmas (or Yuletide, I'll try to remember this one!).

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  2. Lovely, Carmen. Thank goodness poetry comes easy to you, which means we all get the benefit. The postscript was funny ... oh the joys of a furtive imagination. Merry Christmas

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  3. Carmen, I'm picturing you with your ipod bopping away to 50cent. That's funny

    Best of luck this year I hope you get your dinner out.

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  4. Oh yes, great memories. It's the thought, right? How do we go from a good thought to a good deed?

    Warm wishes for a joyful holiday.

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  5. I can relate to the dilemma of receiving presents! A very fun poem, Carmen, and the post script was also noted! :-)

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  6. oh, love your poem, as always Carmen. this one has a great sense of humor to the giving, and yes, Christmas dinner would be a very beautiful gift for each other.

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  7. Boy do I hear you. I'm working on another pile of things I don't need or want, while my one item on my wish list goes ignored.

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  8. even though it was fiction (love that you did that!!), i so enjoy the idea of you getting a cd by 50 cent. it made me smile. who knows? maybe we would like ti but i really doubt it.

    enjoy your holidays, carmen!!!

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  9. How many gifts have I received as you have stated in your poem.....way too many. I love your idea of dinner together......:-0 Hugs

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  10. fullet - I think your English is already very
    good...it's almost time for a trip to San
    Francisco - Jo and I will be your tour
    guides. If my poems help with your language,
    that's great!

    Valerie - never would I turn down expensive
    jewelry! One never knows when it might
    come in handy!

    Liss - I guess I should listen to that CD
    before I completely diss it. I do like
    some current music but I prefer the Rolling
    Stones genre.

    lakeviewer - some of my gifts go right to
    Goodwill! There is always someone happy
    to have them!

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  11. Icy BC - I had to include the postscript -
    sometimes folks think my poems are true!

    betchai - I like writing funny poems - have to
    intersperse them with the sad ones!

    Sharkbytes - I don't know what your Christmas
    request is but I so hope you get it..I
    bet it is something for your wonderful
    outdoor world!

    julie king - I think I'm going to listen to a
    few 50 Cent songs..who knows, I might
    like him!

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  12. Hi Carmen! Dinner out? On the 24th, impossible... All restaurants are closed... ;))

    Now, time to relax with a visit to a museum? Blogtrotter is at the British! Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

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  13. Hey Carmen. Hello!

    I must say I am sorry for not coming before. But here I am.
    O love your blog, especially this post. It's hilarious, just because it's not true!
    And i agree the best is to go out for dinner. That's the best of bests
    Thanks for coming by
    looking forward for a new poem of yours!
    Hugs!

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  14. YOu are a gift to all who reads your poetry, blog.
    Its a true and funny one, we all get those kind of gifts. I loved the Victoria secret LOL

    YOu choice of gifts is beautiful. Enjoy as I know you will , the love for your family comes out in all you write
    Ty for making me smile again
    Ti amo

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  15. Margie: The Margiedales and I would love for you to take us to dinner!!
    Southern Belles don't cook??

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  16. So, am I correct in assuming that you have received the Victoria Secret giftcards????

    I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season.

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  17. Hilarious Carmen - I'll take the Victoria Secret giftcard :D

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  18. I love it! Sounds like Christmas chez moi! Great take on a funny experience.

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  19. What a fun poem! Gift giving can be tricky can't it? I love the Amazon.com "wish list" as it helps me buy the right things and helps those that love me get what I want. We used it this year and thebservice was great!

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  20. Heehee- I love me some Victoria's Secret ;-)

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  21. So true!!! I love it - and I think you should have someone to shower you with expensive jewellery, then you could sell it and spend the money on wonderful things like books, journals and things.

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  22. Love it, Carmen...you sure sum it up like it is!

    Congrats on your haiku win...the prize sounds good. : )

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  23. hahahahahahahahhahahahaha! Carmen! Carmen! Carmen! You poetry is too much! You are the first poet I have come across who writes from fictional whereabouts! Usually poets write from there own places! And you, you clever clever poet you- write from a fictional spot! Which makes it all the more enchanting! You are a FUN poet! And I love it! You paint a smile on my face and a chuckle just below my breath!!!!! :) Merry, merry Christmas!!!!! And may you never, ever receive a Victoria's Secret gift card!!!!! :) Jolly, jolly cheer to you and yours!!!!! :) But of course, I am very sure you make enough of that, all on your own! (the jolly jolly cheer I mean) :D

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  24. i love giving xmas presents, it's my tradition already which i will pass on to my kids in time

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