It was coming up to Christmas, the cards were piling in
Trees were going up all around with lights a twinklin'
Children were getting so excited, even adults too
Everyone was all agog about their Christmas do!
Santa's letter had been written in every house in town
Favourite Christmas songs playin', to make a smile of each frown
'Have a good one people wished each other with good cheer
And hoped all good things ahead for the New Year.
But many were struggling to put on a brave face
And get through the season with as much good grace
The separated father who would not see his little one
Or the guy who sleeps on our streets at night, he has no home!
Or the guy who had buried his dad last mornin'
Or the girl who had lost her baby - due this month
Or one of the many who have a sad story to tell
But does not, and instead, at Christmas time, smiles and wishes you well!
So think of these people as you put on the lights
And send them a wish or a prayer
And hope that somehow, this year, in your
Joy and happiness, they will share.
Clare O'Reilly, PSEU member