Christmas For Everyone
For everyone going home
and having to prove
they are capable of pretending to family
who don’t understand being gay or bi or trans
this is for you.
For everyone who only has their own home, by themselves, to stay in.
For everyone who dreads these long ‘celebrations’,
for everyone who needs a break from this.
For everyone who has lost someone
no matter how long ago
who knows this will hurt without them.
For everyone who only copes with it for Doctor Who,
for everyone who struggles around food…
For everyone who gets stuck MAKING all the food!
For everyone who finds this too much,
who haven’t got the funds,
or who is biting back tears from gifts
meant to please but left them in bits.
Try to endure it in batches of sixty seconds.
Count enough and you will survive this -
try and slip in touches of what you need where you can
-five minutes in the loo or calling someone who won’t judge you.
It is going to be ok.
Normal life can resume
when you want it to
and if you don’t – this is the season to find something brand new.
I hear you,
I’m with you.
you can be free and of this.
Judged on your own terms on Christmas day.
Or, surrounded by company;
whatever it is that makes today hard for you
I hope one day it alleviates.
with time, and with age.
I promise you –
Sit tight, ok?
No two Christmases are ever the same.
I wrote this poem to give a little shout out to those of us who feel a bit fed up around this time of year, and offer those who need it some hope for next year. Christmas can be a stressful time for a lot of us and it is nice to have a reminder that while social pressures, especially from family, can put a lot of strain on us, to find a few minutes where we can to take a few breaths and collect ourselves. I hope whatever you do this year you enjoy it! Thank you for reading my poem, I hope you enjoyed it!