Adrian Henri’s Talking After Christmas Blues

On Christmas Day, I give you… a Christmas poem. It’s written by the British poet Adrian Henri and describes the feeling of missing someone important during Christmas time. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you won’t relate. And from the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy this poem and that you have a very merry Christmas!

Well I woke up this mornin’ it was Christmas Day
And the birds were singing the night away
I saw my stocking lying on the chair
Looked right to the bottom but you weren’t there
there was
apples
oranges
chocolates
… aftershave
but no you.

So I went downstairs and the dinner was fine
There was pudding and turkey and lots of wine
And I pulled those crackers with a laughing face
Till I saw there was no one in your place
there was
mincepies
brandy
nuts and raisins
… mashed potato
but no you.

Now it’s New Year and it’s Auld Lang Syne
And it’s 12 o’clock and I’m feeling fine
Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot?
I don’t know girl, but it hurts a lot
there was
whisky
vodka dry Martini (stirred
but not shaken)
… and 12 New Year resolutions
all of them about you.

So it’s all the best for the year ahead
As I stagger upstairs and into bed
Then I looked at the pillow by my side
… I tell you baby I almost cried
there’ll be
Autumn
Summer
Spring. . . .
and Winter
all of them without you.

Adrian Henri


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