Miles from the Mall



Miles from the mall

In a worn recliner that leans slightly to one side

Sits a woman who has seen ninety Christmases come and go.

She reaches for her photo album, wincing slightly from the pain

And looks at her life captured in faded four by six snapshots.

She wonders what she was thinking

As she squinted into the sun next to her dad’s Model T

Waving with homemade mittens.

She remembers the excitement of Christmas--

The smell of turkey and the rattle of tinsel

As she and her brothers dove into their presents

After the Christmas story was read from the family’s old Bible.

The toys seemed so important then.


She sips chamomile tea from a china teacup

And covers her legs with a green afghan

While she looks at honeymoon pictures from Niagara Falls.

Holidays are when she misses Jeffrey the most.


In a few hours the grandchildren will arrive as usual

And tell her about the presents they received.

Her daughter will bring a tea ring from the old Betty Crocker Cookbook

They’ll laugh about the time the big tree fell over and how fast the cat ran out of the room.


After they hug goodbye

She will sit in her worn recliner that leans slightly to one side and smile

As she hears her mother read:

For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

She will picture Jesus not in swaddling clothes but as a man

Standing next to her Jeffrey and smiling

And the warmth will come

Not from the frayed afghan or tea

But from the greatest love that she has ever known

In a worn recliner

Miles from the mall


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There are 4 comments

What a great poem, you paint a picture of beautiful proportions. Sad but yet full of joy, What a God we have! Thanks Kent

Rich Bushong
December 17, 2011 - 12:03

Praise God. Thanks, Deb!

December 16, 2011 - 16:31

What a blessing this poem is to me. Very nice, Kent.

December 16, 2011 - 15:15

Please remember to pray for all those who have lost loved ones this Holiday season.

December 16, 2011 - 08:50
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